The Preamble to the
US Constitution


The Preamble to the US Constitution is an introduction to the Constitution. It states what the Founding Fathers hoped to achieve. Contained within the Preamble are the guiding principles upon which the Constitution was created.




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





The question is often asked, “Just what does that mean?” Let’s take a look:



We The People of the United States The Constitution defined a new government of the people and not of the States, as it had been under the Articles of Confederation.
In Order to form a more perfect Union To make a government better than that under the Articles of Confederation. As Washington stated, the Constitution was “… better calculated … for an intimate Union and … (effective) management of … common concerns.”
establish Justice To set up a system of fair and equal treatment for all people
to insure domestic Tranquility To make sure a free people can live in peace; live in a civilized manner
provide for the common Defence Our Nation could now take steps (like raising money) to defend our country and provide security, whereas under the Articles of Confederation it was not able to do.
promote the general Welfare Encourage/support/aid the happiness/success/well-being of the people and our country
secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity To make sure that our special benefits of freedom/independence/rights continue for ourselves and our children and every generation thereafter
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America do order and establish this document (Constitution) for the United States of America


Some may have slight variations on their interpretations regarding the meaning of the language of the Preamble to the US Constitution. Others may go into far more detail as to the reasoning behind the language.

Nevertheless, our Founding Fathers took their responsibility to this new nation very seriously. Through research, debate, and questioning (as well as the experience they had under British rule), the words they chose, in creating our constitution, were carefully crafted to protect and provide liberty to a free nation.

Care was also taken with the Preamble. It may at first appear to be a mere introduction, yet it speaks volumes about the foundation of this country and the freedoms of man.



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