Here’s How and Why
It is the Preamble to the Constitution for the United States of America
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.
Of course “We the People” is the key but each and every phrase is essential but never needing amending. Make no mistake; the drafting fathers of this Preamble knew they labored under the hand of Providence. Let’s just diagram the Preamble—see what is there:
- We the People of the United States: The drafting fathers did not say “delegates” or “States,” they were faithful to the Declaration recognizing the sovereignty of each American. Our diagram makes clear that every following phrase is a function of “We the People.”
- in Order to form a more perfect Union: True, they were turning away from a less perfect document, the Articles of Confederation, but, more importantly, they wanted the perfecting process to continue evidenced by Article V establishing the amending procedure.
- establish Justice: This is also a work in progress.
- insure domestic Tranquility: definition: “domestic” —Pertaining to a nation considered as a family, or to ones own country; intestine; not foreign; as domestic troubles; domestic dissensions. So much for the argument that America is the police force for the world.
- provide for the common defence: “To those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we dare not tempt them with weakness.” John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961
- promote the general Welfare: Citizens, regardless of station, will be treated equally. No identity groups and no graduated taxes and tax loopholes, for example. “Spreading the wealth around,” is not Constitutional.
- secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity: Blessings of Liberty are given by God and restricted by governments. “Liberty is guaranteed not by government restrictions on citizens, but rather by restraints placed on government interference with citizens’ free exercise of rights and responsibilities.” Ronald Reagan. “. . . generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. It says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you. But it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.” Barack Obama.
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
“America’s Providential History” by Beliles and McDowell regarding promote the general welfare: “Romans 13:4 says civil rulers are servants “to you for good.” The common good of all classes of citizens must be promoted by government passage of laws guaranteeing equal opportunity. Notice, our Framer’s choice of words here: promote, not provide. Scripture makes it clear that God is the provider, not the state, and that needy individuals are to be cared for by private acts of charity. A Biblical free-enterprise system must promote compassionate use of wealth, but socialism or communism is contrary to Biblical definitions of civil govenment.”