In this episode, Matt and Jason begin an in-depth study of each part of the Constitution. The preamble tells us why the Framers needed to write our Constitution and defines it’s purpose. We discuss the meaning of each phrase and from where it came.
- 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.“
- U.S. Constitution
- Address of the Annapolis Convention
- Articles of Confederation
- Article III: “The said states hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defence, the security of their Liberties, and their mutual and general welfare“
- Article VIII: “All charges of war, and all other expenses that shall be incurred for the common defence or general welfare, and allowed by the united states in congress assembled, shall be defrayed out of a common treasury, which shall be supplied by the several states.” (Emphasis added)
- Various proposals for the preamble during the Constitutional Convention:
- From the Annapolis Convention: “that an Union of the States merely federal will not accomplish the objects proposed by the Articles of Confederation; namely, common defence, security of liberty and general welfare”.
- “Resolved that a national government ought to be established consisting of a supreme legislative, judiciary and executive.”
- “We the people of the states of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New-York, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North-Carolina, South-Carolina, and Georgia, do ordain, declare and establish the following constitution for the government of ourselves and our posterity.“