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Friday, August 4, 2017
Let’s Study the Constitution, Part 9
By Susan Frickey, Center for Self-Governance student
The Ninth Amendment, also known as the “silent”
Amendment, says “The enumeration in the
Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage
others retained by the people.”
What does this mean? What makes the Ninth
Amendment unique is that it guarantees protection of all our rights even though
they may not be specifically mentioned in the Constitution. Just because the
document is silent on some natural rights does not mean they do not exist. The
Ninth Amendment closes the loophole.
Language of Liberty
James Madison was concerned that any attempt to enumerate fundamental
liberties would be incomplete and might imperil other freedoms not specifically
put forward.He said, “If an enumeration be made of all our
rights, will it not be implied that everything omitted is given to the general
The Ninth amendment is the only one that had no
predecessor in English Law. It stems solely from the genius and experience of
those who framed and ratified the Constitution.
Remember too that the principles established in the Declaration of
Independence laid the foundation of our Constitution. The Declaration states
that all men “are endowed by their
Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and
the pursuit of Happiness.That to secure
these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers
from the consent of the governed . . .”
The Framers didn’t believe they were creating or granting these liberties in
the Bill of Rights. They were merely acknowledging the natural rights that exist
for all men, a fact that no propergovernment could deny.
The Tenth Amendment reads, “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 Constitution limits the
authority of the federal government by specifically defining its powers. That
is the purpose of the document.As the
10th Amendment provides, powers not delegated to the federal
government belong to the people or to the states.
Why did the Framers emphasize the importance of the powers reserved to
the States and to the People? At the time, many state representatives were
concerned that the Constitution provided too much authority to the federal
government; authority with which the federal government could potentially usurp
the sovereign rights of the States. The Founders feared a powerful federal
government, having just fought a war of independence against a tyrannical
monarchy. Clearly they had no desire to replace one totalitarian state with
another. The Framers wanted local and state governments to retain as much
authority as possible. Without the Tenth Amendment, state representatives would
not have ratified the Constitution.
Powers retained by the States and the
People shifted to the federal government with the Sixteenth and Seventeenth
Amendments in 1913 and again during the Great Depression beginning in 1933. With
FDR’s “New Deal” federal programs, many people without jobs or hope turned to
the federal government as their safety net and America’s first social programs
were born. Americans forgot that the limited role of the federal government was
to protect their rights, bring justice and provide for the national defense. These and a few other responsibilities were
offered on a very short list in Article 1, Sec. 8. Tragically, the American people
began trading the Framers’ principles of limited government for a federal
bureaucracy which promised to fill daily needs; a responsibility divinely
delegated to individuals and the Church.
The Tenth Amendment’s idea of limiting the federal government’s
control has been severely weakened by many years of gradual changes in how we
view what is and is not a federal responsibility. It’s like the story of the camel
in the sandstorm that just wants to stick his nose inside the tent to get away
from the sand…and then his whole head…and before you know it, an enormous camel
is wreaking havoc inside the tent.
Americans are the most rights-conscious
people in history. We have the genius, dedication and persistence of the
Framers to thank for that.The Bill of
Rights is a constant reminder that our natural rights come from God, not
government, that the federal government’s control over the people is restrained
and that ultimately, all political power resides with the people.
In America, the system is designed so we can govern ourselves.It’s the most successful experiment in
self-government the world has ever known. But it will continue to survive only if we the people participate in
maintaining its original design.
The entire nine-part series “Let’s Study
the Constitution” is archived on CenterForSelfGovernance.com
References: The United
States Constitution Made Easy, by Lonnie D. Crocket; The Words We Live
By, by Linda Monk; Original Documents,
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educational organization, dedicated to training citizens in applied civics. The
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