The Constitution – Preamble

The first portion is the Preamble. This often overlooked paragraph sets the tone for the Constitution that was also established in the Declaration of Independence.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Read that over and over until it sinks in. Just exactly WHO is forming the “more perfect Union?” WE THE PEOPLE! Not we the government, or we the States. WE THE PEOPLE!

Again we see the Founders stating that the individuals are the creators and the most powerful member to this agreement.

Why did we do this? To “...establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,...” Notice it says Justice, not law, huge difference.

Notice also the statement of “ for the common defense, promote the general Welfare.” Many attempt to use these statements to justify their means to an end. They are very incorrect in their interpretation. Keep these statements in mind and we will address them later when we discuss the limitations directly placed on the federal government by the Constitution.