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Response to COLGATE4 (Reply #43)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 11:57 AM

50. 'Why' does not equal 'how much'.

It's as simple as that.

Re-read the preamble to the Bill of Rights:

[div class='excerpt']The Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution.


The Bill of Rights is not a 'people can' document. It is a 'government cannot' document. That's fundamental to interpreting the document. It is a set of 'declaratory and restrictive clauses' to the government, designed to 'prevent misconstruction or abuse' of its (the government) power.

There are many rights that we have that are not explicit- you won't find the right to travel in any of our founding documents. Nor will you find the presumption of innocence until a trier of fact has so judged.

Your argument demonstrates the reason why some were hesitant to even ratify the bill of rights in the first place. They were afraid that because *some* rights were being enumerated, future governments would feel free to abridge others. Others, perhaps naively, argued that the government would never do such a thing because the government was not granted the explicit power to do so.

That's why we have the ninth and tenth amendments- as a safety valve for those who worried about the above scenario.

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