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    Vulture of The Western World Eric's Avatar
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    Possible written response to Census

    This isn't my work, but I like it:

    To Whom it May Concern,

    Pursuant to Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution, the only information you are empowered to request is the total number of occupants at this address. My “name, sex, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, telephone number, relationship and housing tenure” have absolutely nothing to do with apportioning direct taxes or determining the number of representatives in the House of Representatives. Therefore, neither Congress nor the Census Bureau have the constitutional authority to make that information request a component of the enumeration outlined in Article I, Section 2, Clause 3. In addition, I cannot be subject to a fine for basing my conduct on the Constitution because that document trumps laws passed by Congress.

    Interstate Commerce Commission v. Brimson, 154 U.S. 447, 479 (May 26, 1894)

    “Neither branch of the legislative department [House of Representatives or Senate], still less any merely administrative body [such as the Census Bureau], established by congress, possesses, or can be invested with, a general power of making inquiry into the private affairs of the citizen. Kilbourn v. Thompson, 103 U.S. 168, 190. We said in Boyd v. U.S., 116 U. S. 616, 630, 6 Sup. Ct. 524,―and it cannot be too often repeated,―that the principles that embody the essence of constitutional liberty and security forbid all invasions on the part of government and it’s employees of the sanctity of a man’s home and the privacies of his life. As said by Mr. Justice Field in Re Pacific Ry. Commission, 32 Fed. 241, 250, ‘of all the rights of the citizen, few are of greater importance or more essential to his peace and happiness than the right of personal security, and that involves, not merely protection of his person from assault, but exemption of his private affairs, books, and papers from inspection and scrutiny of others. Without the enjoyment of this right, all others would lose half their value.’”

    Note: This United States Supreme Court case has never been overturned.


    A Citizen of the United States of America

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    I like it! Where do I send it? Maybe if a few million people send this in we can get the census reduced to question 1. But I doubt it.

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    Senior Member J. ZIMM's Avatar
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    There have been several comments made, and many You-Tube Vids made concerning the Governments strong arm way of getting us to tell all. BullShit. I'll use the Constitution, this article, and any other Legal thing I can. They need not know whether I'm Black, White, Asian, or any other race. It's none of their Damn business. To me that's Profiling, which is Illegal in this State. (HA, HA). There are some questions that you don't have to answer when you fill out a job application. Like your age for one. Even your race is not required. Of course, your name may give away your ethnic back ground. So I'll let them wake up this grizzly, I sure will let them know when they kick in the door that they just crossed the line here. They have just crossed my Constitutional Rights. I'm getting tired of the Dictatorship that keeps rearing its ugly head. I can see the Headlines now, OL' GEZEER GETS LIFE FOR NOT FILLING OUT CENSUS FORM. HA. They can take care of my Meds, Handicap needs, Oxygen, and any other needs I may have in the future. Even my Funeral.....

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