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That we are granted certain rights as privileges is true,
and others yet are born inherently to me and you.
Then why does the majority decide what goes to who?
:iconprojectdfc: Day 15: Pyongsijo.

A three-line poem of 14-16 syllables per line. Line one presents a problem or theme which line 2 then develops or elaborates upon. Line 3 is a conclusion with a twist or revelation.

December 15th is Bill of Rights Day.

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". Some say this means there are rights not specifically covered in the Constitution that fall under this "all-encompassing" amendment; others debate that the ninth is more of a guideline of how to read the Constitution as opposed to a source of "extra" rights. What do you think?

I ended up not finishing DFC, but I wanted to share the poems I was able to complete.
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Dr-Eman1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
The chosen few?
EternalGeekExposed Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
This amendment was drafted to protect the rights of people that were not specifically mentioned in the constitution, as you say in your first interpretation. James Madison clears it up when he discusses his reasoning for creating it:

"It has been objected also against a Bill of Rights, that, by enumerating particular exceptions to the grant of power, it would disparage those rights which were not placed in that enumeration; and it might follow by implication, that those rights which were not singled out, were intended to be assigned into the hands of the General Government, and were consequently insecure. This is one of the most plausible arguments I have ever heard against the admission of a bill of rights into this system; but, I conceive, that it may be guarded against. I have attempted it, as gentlemen may see by turning to the last clause of the fourth resolution."

The Founders wanted to create a loophole, such that the powers listed in the Constitution/Bill of Rights wouldn't be considered the only important ones and that the government wouldn't try to revoke rights in the name of the Constitution. This amendment is often called up when people try to argue "no where in the Constitution does it say you have a right to _____." That may be so, but the Constitution specifically reserves that it is not to be used as a form of tyranny or denial of rights.

=) Cute poem, by the way. It speaks my thoughts pretty well, specifically regarding popular votes on marriage equality. Equal protection under the law is already guaranteed to me by the 14th amendment, so why does the MAJORITY get to vote on the MINORITY'S rights? It is so perverse, and most of the people calling for it are supposed "conservatives" who are utterly betraying the Constitution with their bullshittery.
MadPrinceFeanor Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
I abide by Madison's interpretation as well; unfortunately there have been instances where the Supreme Court views the Ninth Amendment in a different light.

And I'm wholly in agreement. Someone looked at me funny when I said that denying marriage equality to all peoples was unconstitutional, and I told them to go read the Ninth Amendment and what James Madison had to say about it. They tried to counter with "we have so many other problems going on, gay marriage shouldn't even be an issue right now!" And I was like, you're right, I couldn't agree more; it shouldn't be an issue, so everyone whining in opposition to it needs to grow up and get over it and we can move on to other things. :)

I'm glad you liked the poem!
EternalGeekExposed Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Ahaha I am totally in agreement that this shouldn't be an issue. It's not that it is "less important" but rather that it should be a non-issue. A select portion of the population being denied rights that everyone else gets IS important, but it is so easily solved. SO EASILY. I hope that this whole thing is history in 15 or 20 years. 'Til then, I will just have to move to a new State and find a new job if I want to marry.
MadPrinceFeanor Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Writer
"It's not that it is "less important" but rather that it should be a non-issue."

This x1000. Considering that none of the arguments against gay marriage are outside a religious framework (or, if they make a sad attempt to be, they fall apart faster than toilet paper in water), it has no business being "discussed" in a political sense at all. There are people not being allowed to do the same thing as other people. It really is just that simple.

I sincerely b̶e̶l̶i̶e̶v̶e̶ hope that, in your lifetime, you are allowed to marry the person of your choosing, wherever you may live. :) My husband and I technically have a "civil union" because we refused to marry in a church for many reasons, the bigotry being capital among them.
EternalGeekExposed Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Good for you for taking a stand. I have been with my current girlfriend for over 2 years (and we've known each other for 11 years before that) and marriage has been on my mind. I want to give it more time, not to rush, but in another few years, I might be moving to a new state since mine denies me my rights. I'm sure marriage won't be legal here by then, but maybe I'll have more states to choose from!
MadPrinceFeanor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Writer
That's really sweet, and I wish you both the best of luck! My mother and her partner have been together for almost 30 years, and I recently asked my mom if they had plans to get married and move to Maine--they've both always loved Maine and were talking about retiring there anyway, so now that Maine has made gay marriage official, it's like +1.
EternalGeekExposed Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I'm wishing them all the best!
grievousfan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

I personally read this as saying something like "all rights contained within the Constitution are the unalienable rights of every U.S. citizen, and shall not be denied to any citizen based on their gender, race, sexual orientation, etc.".

Or in layman's terms;
"My rights as a U.S. citizen are just as important as the President's rights."
MadPrinceFeanor Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Writer
:nod: Agreed. I think that's a good way of looking at it. :)
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