BILL OF RIGHTS DAY 2010
By Sarah Foster
December 15, 2010
The Disappearing Preamble and the Forgotten Ninth
Today is Bill of Rights Day, a national civil holiday established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt through proclamation on Dec. 15, 1941. Considering his track record, FDR was certainly not someone you’d expect to honor to such a document and the principles it embodies, but it was after all the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and perhaps he was expected to go at least through the motions of paying his respects.
In just the past couple of years, since the Progressive Caucus in the Congress has been trying to ram though its agenda, there’s been a sudden upsurge of public interest in the Constitution and those basic amendments, particularly the Tenth. I hope this is not a passing phenomenon. But I would urge they take a look at another amendment, every bit as important as the Tenth, maybe more so – the Ninth, which reads:
The enumeration in this Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Unfortunately, as far too many Americans can attest from personal experience, over the past 80 years government at all levels has become increasingly “intrusive” – to put it mildly. Today we have the (for starters) the PATRIOT ACT, ObamaCare, a massive regulatory apparatus whose agents direct and interfere with every aspect of our lives, backed up by militaristic law enforcement ready to pounce on those who violate its edicts.