2 comments on “Looking at the Bill of Rights – Part Fourteen – Ninth Amendment

  1. Those clever words “in order to form a more perfect union” belie the reason to state rights not listed are still protected. From the beginning of the federal government, there has been an overreach approach to establish what the government could control. The anti federalists had the old articles of confederation as how weak central government worked. Minority rules was the order of the day when planning a new constitution.

    • Perhaps. My issue is that this amendment was about The Peoples’ rights which they retained. There was definitely a need for a government that could protect and give a level playing field, the problem was keeping that power in the hands of the people and not those who were the elected stewards of that power. The anti-federalists could see the different states going a lot of different directions and wanted to protect rights that had been hard won by blood in the very recent past. Some states had establish state religions, others denied the rights of others in different ways and it alarmed them but they also did not want a strong central government that could take those rights away either. It is a balance they were all striving for but it created a tension between the power of government, the rights of the people and the rights of the states. A tension which exists to this day.

      Thanks for the comment,

      Blessings and Cheers!!!

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