I wonder how many citizens of the United States of America are aware that the Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution forbids the government to limit freedoms and rights that are not listed in the Constitution.
The 9th Amendment is concise in its wordage. Don’t take my word for it; read it in its entirety as reproduced below for yourself:
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Clear as mud. Don’t you think? How many people ever talk about or discuss the 9th Amendment? Who would even think about bringing the 9th Amendment into a conversation about our American government? Perhaps, the adherents to the Libertarian Party.
What do you think? What “rights” can we assert are included in that safeguard amendment to our Constitution?
For your contemplation or just for the sake of (perhaps controversial) dialogue, let me throw out a few “rights” that might be covered by the 9th Amendment:
• Safe food, drinking water, and air
• Government-provided comprehensive health care
• Free choice of marriage arrangements (regardless of gender, number of spouses, etc.)
• Freedom from laws or governmental regulations requiring education of children
• The absolute right not to provide financial assistance to private business enterprises
• Purchase of alcohol or any other goods and services at any time on every day of the week (no Sunday laws)
• Freedom from laws or governmental regulations allowing for censorship of any kind including those concerning television, motion pictures, internet, cellular telephones, print media, signs on personal property, etc.
• Immigration into the USA without constraints
• Public breastfeeding
• Public nudity
(Regarding the list of rights above, I have a question for you. Does the following statement seem familiar? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”)
Disclaimer: The above listing does not necessarily reflect my own personal beliefs, thinking, or perspectives but is intended to provide “food for thought” when addressing the questioning of the meaning of the Ninth Amendment.