The Ninth Amendment

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

I hereby nominate the following as the most fundamental of these un-enumerated Rights:

The Right to be left alone.

Your business is yours to mind.  Should you have a problem, and decide to ask for assistance with your problem, you invite others to mind your business.  It thus behooves us to be very careful as to what problems we invite others to assist us with.

As to those who invite themselves to mind your business:

The correct way to punctuate a sentence that states: “Of course it is none of my business, but — ” is to place a period after the word “but.” Don’t use excessive force in supplying such a moron with a period. Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about.

Robert A. Heinlein
Time Enough for Love

Don’t let that Camel’s nose under your tent flap unless you’re willing to share your entire tent with the beast.

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  • jim_m

    Your right to be left alone ends where some leftist’s desire to “improve” your life begins.

    • iwogisdead

      Liberals can’t understand the idea of an individual’s right to be free.

      • jim_m

        Don’t you know that the left is trying to free you from all the evil they see in your life? You cannot be free until you submit to them.

        Freedom is slavery!!!

        • iwogisdead

          Bada bing, bada boom!!

        • LiberalNightmare

          Its not their fault that we aren’t smart enough to know whats good for us.

    • To Hell with them.

  • iwogisdead

    The Bill of Rights doesn’t create any “rights.” It only talks about rights that already exist. This is a difficult concept for liberals to grasp. This country is founded on individual freedom. Believe it or not.

    • Most of the Federalists thought the Bill of Rights was un-necessary, as they had sought to create a limited Federal Government by strictly limiting its grant of powers. Given how expansive that grant has been interpreted to be, the Bill of Rights was both warranted and too limited.

      • Scalia

        Liberals are not bound by words. Any text is malleable enough to fulfill their objectives. Words only constrain conservatives. As Bobby Fischer once said, “Those rules [a]re for the Communist cheaters, not for me.”

        To liberals, conservatives are the cheaters that should be constrained by “the rule of law.” Liberals are “bound” by living a breathing documents that mean whatever they say they mean. I hear an “I told you so” from George Orwell.

  • yetanotherjohn

    Assume such a right. Legal analysis would then say that the government should have to show a compelling interest for NOT leaving you alone and further that the method that they used was the least intrusive method. I like. You can still get basic government functions done, but the government would be the servant not the master in doing so.

    • Why yes, I had thought it through to that point…

      • yetanotherjohn

        Take taxes as an example. Not hard to show a compelling interest, though there would be some interesting arguments around the amount taken. If government is taking enough in taxes to fund a study on why men get erections, then you could make the argument that they do not have a compelling interest in taking that much money.
        The least intrusive method now becomes an interesting debate. How could our current tax code pass muster vs a flat tax. Special interest tax provisions would have a hard time standing up to scrutiny (why should I have to gather the information, retain the records, order my life to take advantage of a given special interest carve out of taxes).
        This line of thought would undoubtedly gore some sacred conservative cows, but it would slaughter herds of sacred liberal cows.

        • Oh, aye. SOX and a bunch of other laws would be right out.

          • yetanotherjohn

            SOX wouldn’t stand a chance. But what about mortgage interest deduction? Why should I have to document that or not get a deduction that someone else gets because they are willing? A compelling government interest that I own a home and finance it through a mortgage? Not likely. Just lower the tax rate and let the market encourage/discourage home ownership.
            A W-2 may be allowable as least intrusive, though the more boxes on it, the harder it would be to stand up to a challenge.
            Assuming the right applied to businesses, then any records the government required, they would have to show a compelling interest.

          • A lot of the tax code would, as it should be, at significant risk.