Our Founding Documents (Constitution Preamble)

To further our discussion of the Founding documents, I present to you the Constitution starting with the Preamble. I’m sure most of you have either heard it or read it. When I was in fourth grade, I had to memorize it to pass into fifth grade.

The Constitution didn’t appear fully formed. Several principles were found in English law. If you want to read more about this I suggest this page. Also another important influence was John Locke whose ideas influenced Jefferson and other founding fathers.

The problems that the founding fathers had with the British crown were detailed in the Declaration of Independence so the writing of the Constitution Preamble was short and to the point.

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Constitution – Preamble

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, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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So we need to remember that we are the posterity that have received the blessings from in this Preamble. Further, it will be our actions and non-actions that will secure these blessings for ourselves and for the next generation. It means that this document is as important today as it was signed in 1787.