“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 of the United States of America.”
– Gouverneur Morris (Preamble to the US Constitution)
The six provisions of the Preamble — 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 for current and future generations of Americans — are widely held to establish the framework and express the Founder’s intentions for the Constitution that they crafted in Philadelphia during the Summer of 1787.
Yet, in modern times, a select few among us find it all too easy to overlook the Founder’s commitment to the creation of a Federal Government for the purpose of establishing Justice, promoting the General Welfare and securing the Blessings of Liberty for ALL current and future generations of Americans — choosing to focus, instead, on providing for the Defense and Protection of the interests of the moneyed few. Such a view is stunted, short-sighted, and a threat to our Nation. It must not be allowed to dilute the full purpose of the Federal establishment, or distract attention or resources from the full breadth of responsibility of the Government of the United States.