The Invasive and UnConstitutional Census of 2010

Below is a letter that has been written and sent to any politician that may care about this upcoming and UnConstitutional Census of 2010. I hope that you find time to send a letter to your politicians as well. Feel free to use my letter.


I am very concerned with the upcoming Census. Our nations Constitution provides for a head count every ten years to ensure all Americans are properly represented. I believe this is a good thing. However, after looking at the upcoming questions presented in the “Questions Planned for the 2010 Census and American Community Survey” found at http://2010.census.gov/2010census/pdf/2010ACSnotebook.pdf I am very concerned of what the Census is becoming.The Constitution quite explicitly dictates in Article 1, Section 2, as well as in the modification found in the 14th Amendment, that the purpose of the Census is to help apportion direct taxes and Representatives. I can think of no reason why the government needs to know anything more than the number of people in a home so why is this Census asking such questions as my ancestry, my marital history, my VA disability, my journey to work, my vehicles, my kitchen facilities, my rent amount, and so much more?

Can you please tell me in all honesty why the Federal Government needs to know these items to properly apportion direct taxes and Representatives? And if the Federal Government does not need to know this information and I do not answer the questions that are Constitutionally unnecessary, am I going to be fined as rumor has it? I expect your answer on this issue.

If I am not mistaken, then I propose that the Arizona legislature draft legislation protecting all Arizona residents from any fines or redress for failing to provide unnecessary and possibly unconstitutional information for the upcoming Census. I strongly believe the ninth and tenth amendments provide for the protection of the citizens of Arizona from an intrusive Federal Government.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

I believe I retain the right to be secure in my home, that the contents therein are protected unless I am suspected of performing some act or action which could be harmful to others, in which case a warrant would be required, not a Census, there is no valid reason why I need to provide any other data for the Census.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

The Constitution requires a Census every ten years for the purpose of determining representation ONLY, I can find no other need in the US Constitution for conducting a Census. Therefore, there is nothing else that can or should be added to the Census other than a head count of LEGAL Americans. The power to count the people is clearly given to the Congress, the power to count or track anything else is not.

I am certain that you are aware of precedent in the matter of States resolving to ignore a Federal mandate due to Constitutional concerns – The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798. In these Resolutions each respective state drafted it in defiance of the Aliens and Seditions Act.



I respectfully request the State of Arizona protect my property and my family from fines and redress regarding all unnecessary questions pertaining to the 2010 Census.


9 Responses to “The Invasive and UnConstitutional Census of 2010”

  1. 1 DJ
    30 June 2009 at 00:07

    I sent a similar letter to my state reps, I wish I would have waited, I think yours is a bit better!

  2. 2 July 2009 at 15:18

    My letter has been sent!

    @DJ: Thank you for your kind words and support on the issue.

  3. 3 shawn
    2 July 2009 at 18:39

    hey i used your letter to address my state reps on this issue thanks man!

  4. 2 July 2009 at 19:09

    @Shawn: Thank you for supporting this very important issue!

  5. 5 Mike
    23 August 2009 at 23:01

    I just received my census form in the mail, and I cannot believe the questions it’s asking. My income, where I work, what time I leave for work in the morning, where my college degrees are from, the makes & models of cars that I drive, my mortgage payment amounts, the types of insurance I hold…I am NOT filling this out!

    You know it’s bad when the IRS asks for less information than this.

  6. 24 August 2009 at 02:53

    Mike, thank you for visiting and thank you for recognizing that there is NO reason for the government to know these things, especially in something they are calling a “census.”

    However, the IRS doesn’t ask you anything because they simply make stuff up on your behalf, regardless of whether it has supporting evidence or not.

  7. 7 DJ
    24 August 2009 at 18:41


    Copy and Paste the above letter and it send to your State Reps. Let them know you do not appreciate the ninth and tenth amendments being usurped.

  8. 8 Emilia
    9 July 2010 at 11:47

    “On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed,” Thomas Jefferson. The Census was created so the correct number of seats in the House could be apportioned. There is NO need to know race, marital status or if you have plumbing in your house. As Patric Henry once wrote: “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” The 2010 Census would have gotten the Founding Fathers out in the streets at arms! Americans no longer deserve the wonderful country they created. “Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it,” John Adams.

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