December 16, 2004

Me? Personally, I'm a third amendment absolutist

The Commissar comes out against the death penalty.

Actually, believe it or not, I agree with his arguments on this. In theory, no problems. In practice (as practiced in Amerika), big problems. And no, the answer is not curtailing appeals and letting the jury flick the switch the day after the trial. There are just too many ways the whole thing can go wrong to rationalize (to me at least) the process as now in existence.

My real hobby horse, however, as well as my professional dream, is to set up the Third Amendment Foundation, which would house an Institute of the Third Amendment which would be a home to scholars from around the world. People fetishize the First Amendment, lionize the Second, take the Fifth, slip through on the fourth, question the sanity of the Ninth, ignore the Tenth when inconvenient, and generally lump six, seven, and eight together. But the Third? Always getting the shaft.

Nit eeenymore.

Posted by Steve at December 16, 2004 12:06 PM

Quartering of troops

Posted by: LMC at December 16, 2004 01:32 PM

Do not short-change the Eleventh Amendment, state sovereign immunity, which has enjoyed something of a revival in recent years.

Posted by: LMC at December 16, 2004 03:07 PM
Post a comment

Remember personal info?