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To: robertpaulsen
robertpaulsen said: "Well then, Mr. non-dense one, why are gun rights enumerated in the second amendment and drug rights are not?"

Our Founders supplied us with Amendment IX:"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. "

There's an entire amendment, one tenth of the Bill of Rights, insisting that you do not do what your are doing; that is, claim that there is any significance to the ommission or non-enumeration of a right.

I suggest you refer to Amendment XIX. There you will find pretty convincing evidence that at one time the nation operated under the principle that a substance could not be outlawed by the federal government without a provision of the Constitution permitting it to do so. What changed? It was not the Constitution. It is the people who refuse to use it.

581 posted on 06/07/2005 7:35:15 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: William Tell
(It was the 18th amendment. I know you know it.)

"There you will find pretty convincing evidence that at one time the nation operated under the principle that a substance could not be outlawed by the federal government without a provision of the Constitution permitting it to do so."

Sure they could. But the temperence reformers wanted a more durable amendment, rather than simply a statute.

585 posted on 06/07/2005 8:21:45 PM PDT by robertpaulsen
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