U.S. Constitution - Preamble

I must reluctantly confess that I haven't read the Constitution of the United States of America for years and years. Okay, decades and decades. I'm going to rectify that this month, posting and reflecting on it portion by portion. Care to join me?


We the people of the United States, in order to 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 to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

So, the goals of the constitution are:
  • "a more perfect union" ~ get along with one another more pleasantly, in spite of our differences
  • "establish justice" ~ keep things fair
  • "insure domestic tranquilty" ~ keep things peaceful
  • "provide for common defense" ~ don't let other countries overrun us
  • "promote the general welfare" ~ see to the practical needs of one another
  • "secure the blessings of liberty" ~ make sure that all this can last

Sounds pretty good thus far.

A road map, so you know where we are in this tour:
  • Preamble
  • Article 1 - The Legislative Branch
  • ~ Section 1 - Legislative Power
  • ~ Section 2 - House of Representatives
  • ~ Section 3 - Senate
  • ~ Section 4 - Elections of Senators and Representatives
  • ~ Section 5 - Rules of House and Senate
  • ~ Section 6 - Compensation and Privileges of Members
  • ~ Section 7 - Passage of Bills
  • ~ Section 8 - Powers of Congress
  • ~ Section 9 - Limits on Congress
  • ~ Section 10 -Limits on States
  • Article 2 - The Executive Branch
  • Article 3 - The Judicial Branch
  • Article 4 - The States
  • Article 5 - Amendment
  • Article 6 - Debts, Supremacy, Oaths
  • Article 7 - Ratification
  • Signatures
  • Amendments


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