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Editorial: Do you know the Ninth Amendment?
Loyce McCarterJune 26, 2013 | 1,143 views | 4 comments
I have a T-shirt that I wear occasionally that says, “I am the 9th amendment.” It is very interesting the looks that I get. Some people look at it with a look of disgust and most look at it wondering what it means.
Recently, someone came to me and said, “I have never heard about the Ninth Amendment, what is it?”
I then explained why this amendment is in the U.S. Constitution and was met with the words, “That is the most important amendment, why don’t we know about it?”
Let’s look at the Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. When our Founding Fathers came before the people with the U.S. Constitution, it was meant to define and limit the federal government. These men had lived under suppressive governments and their desire was to limit the federal government by listing the few powers of the feds.
They set up the three branches of government, the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch and laid out the powers of each group. They wanted the federal government to be very limited in their powers and the people, the citizens of the United States, to hold the powers.
As the U.S. Constitution was brought forward there were people that wanted to know the rights of the people and there were people that didn’t want the rights outlined. After much discussion, four years after the U.S. Constitution was ratified, the Bill of Rights was brought forward. There was much discussion and the Bill of Rights was added to the U.S. Constitution.
We all know of the First Amendment, the rights to free speech, freedom to assemble, the rights of a free press, the rights to worship, and the rights to redress the government.
We are aware of the Second Amendment, our freedom to bear arms. We also hear frequently of the Fourth Amendment and our rights to be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and not have to worry about unreasonable searches and seizures. We know of the Fifth Amendment and our right to not suffer double jeopardy. We know of our rights to a speedy trial in the Sixth Amendment and excessive bail cannot be set according to the Eighth.
But we do not hear of the Ninth Amendment which says, “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” Because many people at that time were concerned that if a right was not listed, the right would be gone so this is to satisfy that concern and explain that if a right is not listed, that right still exists.
Let’s always be thankful to our Founding Fathers and their direction upon this country and remember their thoughts and concerns: a very limited federal government and a strong and free people!
Loyce McCarter is a resident of Wilson County and works actively for conservative causes.
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