US Constitution AND your rights,
US Government VS your rights

Word "rights", in this section, means natural rights.

US Constitution does not *GIVE* you any rights.

Every person intrinsically *HAS* natural rights.
US Constitution *RECOGNIZES* a person has these rights,
requires government to *RESPECT* these rights.

"Bill of Rights" is merely a label.

"Bill of Rights" was never written in US Constitution.
It's only an outside label, a mnemonic, that now refers to first 10 Amendments.

Rights exist whether codified or not.

During creation of what is labeled "Bill of Rights", some founders argued against attempting to enumerate/list every right, predicting government would disregard rights that weren't listed, or people would never imagine they had other rights besides those listed. This argument led to 9th Amendment.

Rights cannot be repealed.

Laws can be repealed. But a right is NOT a law.

Amendments which relate to rights never become obsolete.

Rights never become obsolete, neither do Amendments that relate to those rights.


  • [US Constitution does not *GIVE* you any rights]: An argument is higher-level "legal rights", such as right-to-trial, is GIVEN or GRANTED by US Constitution. That view is valid, but US Constitution was written, in every case, according to the principle that a person already *HAS* an existing right, although this is a "legal right":
    accused shall be GIVEN the right to a speedy and public trial
    accused shall ENJOY the right to a speedy and public trial
  • [Bill of Rights is merely a label]: This label has caused misunderstandings, some incorrectly equate an Amendment (a law) with a right. Supreme Court itself recently didn't maintain this distinction by writing "Amendment right" (for brevity?) and "operative clause that creates an individual right to keep and bear arms [D.C. vs Heller]".