(Jan. 9, 2012) – The Saturday, Jan. 7, Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire featured some interesting discussion of the Tenth Amendment.
The New York Sun editorial the following day made a strong defense for the Tenther understanding of a constitutional “right to privacy,” quoting Supreme Court Justice Potter Steward.
“Finally, Stewart noted, it was ‘the essence of judicial duty to subordinate our own personal views, our own ideas of what legislation is wise and what is not.’ He went on to remark on both the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, reserving rights to the states and to the people. ‘If, as I should surely hope, the law before us does not reflect the standards of the people of Connecticut, the people of Connecticut can freely exercise their true Ninth and Tenth Amendment rights to persuade their elected representatives to repeal it. That is the constitutional way to take this law off the books.’
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Michael Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of '98 - Kentucky. See his blog archive here and his article archive here. He also maintains the blog, Tenther Gleanings.
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