Comes now…yeah, the most important Amendments just may be the ones you never hear about. While they may seldom be spoken of they are there, just hanging out waiting to be called upon. I’m speaking of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. Amazing the forethought that went into crafting the Bill of Rights.
I don’t believe our Constitution is taught anymore. But that is me. I listen and there is no way some I hear have been exposed to the Constitution. Sad really, why people would not want to teach their children about the greatest country in the existence of the universe is beyond comprehension.
Probably the most important two amendments at the moment, but they are barely, if ever mentioned. It is important to know that many of the framers did not want to add the first ten amendments known as the Bill of Rights. They were based on the Virginia Declaration of rights, but many framers feared, and I think it has been proven they were right, you cannot list every right people have, and if they make a list government will use an exclusion as a loophole to violate rights.
Many of those framing the Constitution argued that they had listed what government could do, and that was it. If it was not enumerated as something the government could do, then things in the Bill of rights were already protected because the government is not given power to regulate speech or religion.
Thomas Jefferson and Virginia forced the issue and got the bill of rights put in as the first amendments, which leads to the ninth and tenth. The ones that are supposed to close the loophole. The U.S. Constitution is written to restrict the federal government, and just because every right is not listed it is assumed to be a right of the people or states unless the Constitution gives the government power to act upon it.
The Framers knew governments are prone to get tyrannical, and if you do not list every right, government will believe they have the authority to do it, like door to door vaccine patrol.
The ninth and tenth amendments are specifically designed to make clear that the rights of the people are assumed unless the Constitution directly allows the government to act.
The Constitution is the leash on the federal government, not the people, and they are, and have been, off it. The Federal government does not have the power to do even fraction of what they do.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
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.
Pretty self explanatory eh??????
Until Next Time