As we all prepare to be counted as part of the 10-year census cycle authorized in the Constitution (Article I, Section 2), information appearing in news and other media outlets suggests that this year’s census is in violation of the Constitution. Specifically, the Constitution permits the federal government to enumerate, or count, the population of the United States so that it may apportion representation in Congress (since amended, it also originally served to determine each state’s fair share of the tax burden).
This year’s census will apparently ask a number of intrusive questions, none of which pertains to the actual act of counting how many of us there are. And that has raised all sorts of constitutional questions, as described in the video below.
You can see the list, submitted in 2008, at the census.gov web site.
Does the Constitution give government, under the census authority, to do more than perform a count to determine House apportionment, or is this yet another tear in the Constitution itself and another blow at our privacy and liberty, perhaps even a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unwarranted search and seizure? Watch the video, read the questions, and sound off!