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I received the following, and found it interesting: Enclose this letter when you mail in your Census. The Census Bureau can ONLY request the total number of occupants that reside at your address. These are YOUR Rights as per The Constitution Of The USA. 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.'" This United States Supreme Court case has never been overturned. As Citizens, it is OUR duty to make sure that the Constitution remains Valid and Enforced.
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Misinformation About the Census
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Misinformation About the Census
Looking over the Internet - both blogs, comments to websites, and emails - I am seeing some misinformation about what individuals must report on the 2010 Census. It might be a good time to remind us all of these requirements. Article 1, Section 2 of the US Constitution says: “Representatives and...
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