The 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.”

With those words, the framers embarked on one of the greatest experiments in recorded history — to create a nation in which the governed confer legitimacy to the government and consent to its rule. The preamble is probably the single most recognizable phrase from the Constitution. It accomplishes two goals: it defines the purpose of the Constitution and reiterates that ultimate authority rests with the people, not the government.

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