A heart-felt "thank-you" to all the good men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and to all who serve this great country in any capacity. I know that Freedom is not Free. Without your service I would only dream of Freedom.
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.
We the People
All of us. Not some of us. Not a few elite. Not simply those elected to Congress or the White House.
Our heritage stretches back to other lands, other nations, but this is the nation we all choose as our home. We are equal, not elitist.
We're in this together. Life. The greatest adventure any of us will undertake. We didn't sign up for it, and we don't get out alive, but we all journey together. Bound together, WE are this mighty and great nation.
Apart we lack the greatness, the identity of who we are as a unified group. WE are the common man, not the elite, not just the governing, but the governed. WE are the people; WE are the states; WE are the nation.
This constitution, as Lincoln said, was written of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Of the United States
We are a single government, whose powers were limited on purpose, whose powers were to protect and defend the nation against all aggressors. This government is composed of the will of WE THE PEOPLE, the common people, guided by the lawful powers of individual states, and these states are united into the uncommon will and purpose of The United States. WE are the nation; WE are the states; WE are the people.
In Order to form a more perfect Union
It doesn't specify a perfect Union. The Framers of the Constitution were all smart men, understanding that perfection is an unattainable goal, not a state of being. However, they looked at the other formed governments, including the existing form of the Articles of Confederation, and they desired a more perfect Union than what currently existed. Our strength as a Union does not come from our divisiveness, but from our cohesion to the principle that we seek a "more perfect Union" and strive toward that goal.
Of all the governments on the face of the Earth, as much as we the people complain, this is the best form of government in existence, providing the freedoms that are not free, the freedoms every person should have.
The desire for Justice permeates the beating heart of every human being since the beginning of time. We look for fairness in our laws, in our relationships with each other, the rules between individuals, the state, the union and foreign countries. When Justice must be meted out, it must be done so in the correct measure, in the correct venue. WE the people must be treated equally and fairly by each other and all governing powers. Justice is our foundation, the one principle that must not be forsaken, or we are forever lost and our government has no meaning.
insure domestic Tranquility
Just as our hearts beat for justice, our spirits seek tranquility, which is more than simply peace. Peace implies there is no disagreement. Yet we, as individuals, can disagree with others and still maintain a tranquil and upright spirit. We look to the government, to each other, to provide an environment where we have the freedom to seek the solace of calm in our lives, free of fear.
provide for the common defence
In this nation, we do not stand alone, but united. If we cannot defend ourselves, others will band with us, and we with them, in time of need. We look for this in small communities, in our cities, in our states, and finally in our federal government. No man should stand alone against injustice or oppression.
Our forefathers fled injustice and oppression and sought a land where they could be free from tyranny; where the government would seek to protect them instead of persecute them. Some in this generation came here seeking the same. This country is great because we are protected by the government, no matter our station in life.
promote the general Welfare
We seek the welfare of each individual, as well as the welfare of the smaller groups among us. We the people prosper when we exist in an environment that allows the individual to prosper to the benefit of all, without infringing on the rights of others.
and secure the Blessings of Liberty
Freedom is not free; freedom is bought by the sacrifice of our best, our brightest. The Veterans among us know this. Those who are not Veterans should be thankful to them for the blessings of liberty that we possess.
to ourselves and our Posterity
The Founders of our great nation wrote this Constitution not only for themselves, but for us. Standing tall, they looked forward through the generations and saw that their descendants would need these freedoms, these blessings, as much as they needed them.
We look around us now, and perhaps we need them more than ever.
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Not simply writing the rules and publishing them, but passing on a holy mantle from each generation to the next. This is our Constitution. This is our Country. This is our State, United.
We are the People, United, in the States of America.
The document declaring the Foundation of our Country is not a living document, open to interpretation. This document is already comprehensive and complete.
God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.