Breaking Down the Preamble of the Constitution.
The final part of the Breakdown series begins today. Now we look at the Constitution itself. It is the document that governs the government. We’re going to look at what it means, and if the government is still within those bounds.
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.
“We The People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,…”
We…everyone in the U.S, to make a cohesive group.
“…establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense,…”
Establish a court system, peace on our shores, and defend those shores and people within them.
“…promote the general Welfare,…”
A very contentious line in the Preamble. So let’s look at the origin and context of the time. Between 1275-1325 from the phrase wel fare. The old definition of Well is ‘in a good and satisfactory manner.’ Then we have Fare, which means ‘state of things’ in the first definition. Context is important. Together that is ‘a good and satisfactory state of things’. Not a monthly check or subsidized anything. That definition of welfare came from the church and philanthropists in the form of charity. Which is voluntarily funded.
“…and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this CONSTITUTION for the United States of America.”
Secure our god-given or natural freedoms, depending on your preferences, it doesn’t matter because we are born with them as beings with free will and minds capable of critical thought. And “Posterity” or the continuation of what comes after, to establish this document that guides the government.
This is the preamble where the Founders wrote an overview and their intent on the structure and limits of the Federal Government. What follows is logistics, which we’ll begin looking at next week.
©Vance Gatlin II (Ronin)