September 17, 2011
The Constitution 224 years later

Today marks the 224th anniversary of the Constitution. The preamble reads

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. 

1. Notice the capitalization of proper nouns. People, Order, Union, Justice, Tranquility, Welfare, Blessings, Liberty, Posterity, Constitution. These are virtues for any sovereign to aspire.

2. United States. A state is a sovereign in and of itself. No where else in history has a group of sovereigns come together to form a Union of sovereigns. This in and of itself proves to be an historic and epic event.

3.  Take note of the goals. There were only six goals outlined in the preamble. They are as follows;

a. ….in Order to form a more perfect Union. Order is used to denote a goal to bring about a disciplined and organized process of improving the new nation with its goal to be perfect. Notice that does not mean it will be perfect. 

b. ….establish Justice. To me this is curious. As if justice did not exist prior. During this period following the Revolution, the Confederation of States there was political, judicial, and economic chaos. The goal was to bring about a means of establishing a judiciary to mediate the wrongs. 

c. ….insure domestic Tranquility. Meaning to put in place measures, processes to maintain order within the borders. 

d. . ….provide for the common defence. Notice defence is not capitalized. Every sovereign must be capable of raising arms to secure its liberties. 

e. …promote the general Welfare. Don’t jump to the conclusion that Welfare was defined as the current definition as providing monies to any and every one. Promote the general Welfare. Promote….Promote….Promote….does not mean the same as PROVIDE welfare. 

f. … and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. Simply secure freedom from the perniciousness of foreign powers for themselves and subsequent generations. 

Stay tuned for more on the most historic document created by man for the governance of man. 

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