For John, BLUF: In my lifetime a lot of Governments have murdered a lot of people—millions—because they held "unapproved" political, religious or economic views or had the wrong DNA.. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is the Ninth Amendment to the US Constitution:
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
I have taken this, in the recent past, to include the right to be wrong, or the right to be stupid. You may think this is a dangerous right, given problems like climate change. I, on the other hand, remember, from back in the mid-1980s, a discussion on a morning TV news program where the guest asserted that 90% of what we knew to be true in 1900 we now know to be false. What if it were only half that is now wrong? That is still a big number.
Democracy is built on the idea it is OK to be wrong. We don't send you to a re-education camp just because you chose wrong at the last election.
In yesterday's edition of The [Lowell] Sun Mr George F. Will touched on this point in his OpEd, "Judge Kavanaugh: Is government truly of, by and for 'the people'?"
Regards — Cliff