What's The Point Of The Ninth Amendment?
Hello Fellow Americans,
Today we’ll be continuing our in-depth series at a look into the constitution—primarily covering the Ninth Amendment. We’ll be giving a little background history as well as the purpose it holds today.
So, without further ado, let’s get started…
The Ninth Amendment states…
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
This was put into the constitution to let citizens know their rights aren’t just limited to the constitution. Meaning, not every single right of the American people is listed and outlined within the confines of the constitution.
I know this can be super confusing but if you break it down its super simple. This basically states, no rights outside the constitution can be taken away from the people—which protects the rights of the people prior to the written version of this document.
These rights can include anything from what you eat that day or what you decide to wear. The government cannot control these things, and it’s certainly not outlined in the constitution—it’s just something we know.
The only thing that is concrete within this amendment is the right to privacy (decided by the Supreme Court in 1965), regarding marriage and individual self. There are just some things you’re allowed to keep a secret for your personal well-being.
Basically, this amendment is to protect any and all basic rights that are not listed within the constitution. Let us know if you have any additional questions on this amendment and we’ll be happy to answer them in the comments.
See You Later Patriot!!!