Your rights come directly from the Bill of Rights.
Obvious, isn't it? Well, it isn't because the Bill of Rights doesn't create
any rights. Read through the first 10 amendments and you'll see the phrase, "the right of the people," repeated over and over.
Remember, this was the very beginning. Congress couldn't start making any laws until AFTER the Constitution had been approved by the states. The rights of the people already existed.
The Bill of rights was designed to protect those rights already endowed upon the citizens of this nation. "...they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights..." the Declaration of Independence stated.
Perhaps the 9th amendment says it best. "The enumeration in the
Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage
others retained by the people." Meaning, there are just too many rights to count.
By: Tim Fullerton