Some Californians appear not just willing but eager to give up their constitutional rights, according to a new video.
Mark Dice, a political activist who uses prankster videos to illustrate how little some Americans know about or cherish the Constitution and Bill of Rights, recently made a video of himself circulating a petition calling for the repeal of the Third Amendment.
The Third Amendment says, “No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.” Those featured in the now viral video did not appear to possess even a miniscule of understanding about the noted aspect of the Constitution – nor did they ask. Once Mark Dice told folks that by signing the petition to repeal the Third Amendment they were supporting “President Obama” or “our troops,” they quickly grabbed the pen and wrote their names.
Dice said on the video:
We want to repeal the Third Amendment to keep the housing prices down for the military folks. These military folks are clean and orderly people, so they won’t dirty up your house too much while we eliminate the Third Amendment, and you can quarter them in your house if they just want to come in. They [soldiers] can choose what house they want to live in, maybe in your house or anybody’s house really. That whole not quartering troops during peacetime, Third Amendment is just kinda unfair, right?
Complete ignorance of the text contained in the Bill of Rights and lack of an understanding of the historical context which spawned the Third Amendment is an utter tragedy. It is both baffling and infuriating that Mark Dice could once again quickly and easily convince prospective voters to sign away their rights.
Founding Father James Madison introduced the Third Amendment during the drafting of the Bill of Rights in 1789. The soldier-quartering text was crafted in direct response to laws passed by the British during the Revolutionary War. Government officials in England passed the Quartering Acts which would have permitted British soldiers to live in American homes, regardless of whether or not the owner objected.
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Dice also told the Californians who signed the Third Amendment repeal petition that by “modernizing” the section of the Bill of Rights, it would increase the housing options of the military. The ludicrous nature of the statement was completely lost on the potential voters. Two young women wholeheartedly agreed when Dice stated that soldiers should be allowed to come into private homes and live there forever if they chose to do so. Perhaps the women had their hearts in the right place, even though their minds were obviously very confused about exactly what the Third Amendment means and how it was designed to protect them.
Mark Dice has also been able to get Americans to sign faux petitions to repeal the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Amendments, as well as the entire Bill of Rights. When convincing one young potential voter to sign a First Amendment repeal petition he said, “Obviously in these tough times, if you’re disagreeing with President Obama, you’re obviously a racist. So we are going to repeal First Amendment rights because obviously in these tough times, they don’t have that right.”
Dice, who is also an author, says he wants to get Americans to “question our celebrity obsessed culture, and the role of mainstream media” in an entertaining and educational manner, according to his website. According to his bio, Dice enjoys starting trouble for the “New World Order” along with exposing Big Brother tactics and “scumbag politicians.” Some consider Dice’s views on a host of topics extreme, and while there is surely disagreement about his views across the political spectrum, his Bill of Rights faux petitions video serious has often been heralded by conservatives, Republicans, and libertarians.