• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 4 comments on The Five Oddest Clauses in the US Constitution

  1. I’m not convinced about the analysis over the soldier quartering. It sounds like a chicken-and-egg issue, (or a “tautology” for those math types). Of course it’s never been used – since it’s in the constitution, the military has never attempted to go down this path. It’s because of it’s existence, that it’s never needed to exist.

    1. Oh, I’d say ol’ #3 has some value. I know a prelaw at BU who didn’t like his roommate, who was ROTC, and argued that his constitutional rights not to be forced to house a soldier were being violated. This has comedy potential, thus: entertainment value.

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