We are spending a tremendous amount of time these days yelling and screaming about our displeasure with our government and their treading upon our constitutional rights. There is also our displeasure over the other citizens of this country that wholeheartedly disagree with our stands on the issues of the day.
How many times have conservatives such as you and I complained that, “We want prayer in schools,” or that “We want sex education out of our schools.” We say that the Federal Government needs to leave these issues alone. We say that issues such as these, along with gun rights and Roe V Wade are states rights issues and should be left to the states.
What about when we are angry over other states and their legalizing Gay Marriage, or are legalizing marijuana and other drugs? I thought we believed in states rights? Hummm!
The Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, says this, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
This is a hard pill to swallow sometimes, is it not? By granting to others their right to their own lives and liberties, you and I in a small way give up our say in the matter. It comes to mind that when we Christians say we want full religious freedom for all, it still becomes a problem when the Hare Krishna, the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormon Olympic Bicycle Team show up at our doors, the airport or our schools. By this right, you and I are protected and so are they.
What does that say exactly and how does that pertain to you and me? The Constitution was set up to protect you and me from an overbearing government and majority. It is here to protect not just you, not just me but every person that is a citizen of this, the greatest nation on Gods green earth. Certain rights retained by the people means that if Vermont wants Gay marriage, California wants legal drugs and Texas wants open carrying of firearms, it is their right within the Constitution to do so. Live and let live was THE most important issues to our Founding Fathers.