The framers knew that they could not possibly name all of the legitimate rights of the people. Indeed, as Hamilton expressed in Federalist 84, there was a danger in trying to do so, for if the list left anything out (as it surely would), then there would be a presumption that people lacked the omitted rights and this might be used as a “pretext to claim” that the federal government possessed more than the strictly enumerated powers laid out in Constitution.