Posted by temp on June 26th, 2011
The United States of America is a Constitutional Republic, a nation ruled by law, not men. The constitution is the contract that binds all people of America together “We The People. It is also the framework by which we shall build our laws and address our issues Domestically and Internationally.
The preamble, which is one sentence, “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, makes clear 3 things.
1. Who is established with the first 3 words most extrodinarely by setting the type many times large than the whole body of the constitution thus a tremendous emphasis on We the People. See the original document at http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/constitution_zoom_1.html
2. How and What will be done by us We the People is the second part of the constitution. This establishes the various branches of office and how they will conduct themselves and their responsibilities. It also establishes in the first ten amendments the rights or as commonly known the “Bill of Rights” that cannot be taken away and will be observed at all times with subsequent amendments that address issues of national concern.
The preamble is in essence the agreement between all the people in the United States of America, be they citizen or non-citizen, documented or undocumented, straight or gay, religious or not religious and what we will work together to provide for all of us.
The rest of the Constitution is the framework and mechanism of accomplishing those goals through the rule of law not men. Those laws must serve all the people equally and be applied equally or they serve none of us.