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2005

Why they fear the Ninth Amendment

Free Market News Network
by Tibor R. Machan

09/20/05

Quite interestingly many politicians are afraid of the Ninth Amendment of the US Constitution. Many of their intellectual cheerleaders in the academy and media show equal disdain for this portion of that legal document. Why? The Ninth Amendment states, unambiguously, that there exist individual rights Americans have that are not explicitly listed in the Constitution: 'The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.' Why should the Constitution make this point anyway? Because, actually, people have innumerable rights and to list them all is impossible, whereas listing the powers of government, which in the American system are taken to be limited, restricted to just a few, can be listed without having to produce a mammoth document...

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