Dear Dr. Boli: Reading over the United States Constitution (which of course, like all enlightened humanities students, I enjoy ironically), I noticed that, in the very terse and compressed language of the Bill of Rights, there is one amendment that comes with a preamble, almost as if the authors thereof had intended to establish some important context for the legal principle to follow. I refer to the Second Amendment, which begins with the words “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State.” What is the precise legal meaning of that preamble? —Sincerely, A Freshman Student of History at Duck Hollow University.
Dear Sir or Madam: According to the United States Supreme Court, the final authority on matters of constitutional law, the precise legal meaning of those words is “Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.”
This is not the only or even the most egregious example of superfluous text in the Bill of Rights. According to modern legal theory, the entire Ninth Amendment has no meaning whatsoever.