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    Let me take this up because I think a lot of people are fuzzy on this. The original concept of the Constitution was (and still is) that the people are sovereign. They have all the rights and all the power. They delegate some of that power (in a limited fashion) to a federal government through the Constitution so that the country can have a stable government.

    Powers are granted in a limited fashion. Rights are retained by the people. If they are not enumerated, then they are still retained. (That's why we have a Ninth Amendment, so that this point is explicit.)

    Here's a good place to find out more about this: America's Constitution: A Biography by Akhil Reed Amar.

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