How many Americans have read the Constitution or its Preamble? Or, for that matter, how many politicians, lawyers, teachers, and elected officials have read either? The Preamble simply states why our Constitution exists.
“We the people of the United States”, we were no longer thirteen states but one union. “In order to form a more perfect union”, to make us better and stronger. “Establish justice”, to create an independent Supreme Court and lower courts superior to the states. “Insure domestic tranquility”, to prevent uprisings against an unpopular government.
“Provide for the common defense”, to insure that our nation would be defended from our enemies. “Promote the general welfare”, applicable to the whole, not a particular part or special interest, not inferring the more common meaning of government welfare.
“Secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”, states the purpose of the entire Constitution. The Preamble declares that the Constitution was designed to insure the unalienable rights endowed by our Creator as stated in the Declaration of Independence.
In an age when quantity infers quality, the Preamble epitomizes simplicity and clarity. Corrupt power hungry politicians have distorted and perverted the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and its Preamble to suit their needs and secure their elections and reelections.
Like the Ten Commandments our national documents have but one meaning and one intention. Our founding fathers understood that as do most Americans. Only when we embrace them and their tenets will we fulfill the hopes and dreams envisioned for our great nation.