Number 9, Number 9, Number 9…

Amendment № 9 to the U.S. Constitution is pretty simple.  Here it is in its entirety:

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

People who profess to believe in a “strict interpretation”  like to pretend it doesn’t exist, because it invalidates their premise.

It’s saying that you can have a right to an abortion even if that’s not specifically spelled out.  You have a right to privacy, even if it’s not specifically spelled out.  You have a right to get married, even if it’s not specifically spelled out.

When congress vets the replacement for Antonin Scalia, a good question would be, “Please list for us some rights not enumerated in the constitution which are nonetheless retained by the people.”

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One thought on “Number 9, Number 9, Number 9…

  1. … why not send that to someone on the committee as a possible question to be asked of the prospective Justice ..?

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