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Are Census Bureau questionnaires constitutional?

Are Census Bureau questionnaires constitutional?  To answer that question, one needs to look to...the Constitution!

The word 'census' is actually not found in the Constitution.  However, the word 'enumeration' is found in Article I.  It appears in the section dealing with how, and by whom, members of the House of Representatives are chosen.  Here is the text, verbatim:  

The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.

Enumeration is defined as 'the act of enumerating.'  Enumerate is defined as 'to mention separately, as if in counting;  name one by one; specify, as in a list.' 

Did the writers of the Constitution intend for a Census Bureau to be permitted to conduct household surveys?    Absolutely not!  Enumeration means one thing and one thing only - a counting.   Furthermore, any laws allowing for fines for refusing to answer questionnaires are unconstitutional.

How much longer will Americans submit to unconstitutional badgering and harassment?  When will Americans actually start reading the Constitution?




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