"We the People of the united States, in Order to form a more perfect
Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, 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."
Constitution for the USA
By the Unanimous Order of the States at the Constitutional Convention, September 17, 1787
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"We the People" -- I can think of no other country's constitution that starts with these words -- a very important distinction. The US Constitution is what grants power to the government -- it does not tell the People what they may do.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
    Often quoted, seldom read carefully or understood.
     -- Joe, North Caldwell, NJ     
    One of the best Quotes (Statements) in History. Although the word united is spelled incorrectly on the quote. The u is not capitalized on the original it should be written as "... united States ..." not "... United States ..."
     -- Mark, New Ulm     
    Thank you Mark, all most always overlooked is the de-emphasizing of united in the organized States. Also in the body of the Constitution, the individuals placed their hand in seal stating: "We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America,..." It is the individual that has primary sovereignty, then the States by right of their position to the sovereign, then least of all the national entity that unites the States. There is no de jure federal crimes (unless dealing specifically with the nation as a whole) nor common law, nor can there be as established by the several Republics united. AND, to promote the general welfare does not mean steal from the rich to give to the poor, entangle ourselves in foreign wars, national health care, IDs, forced charity, or compelled compliance of any kind.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Thanks, Mark. However, 'United' is capitalized in the Constitution -- check out one of the many scans available. The word united is not capitalized in the Declaration of Independence however. Please provide a link to a scan of the Constitution that shows that the word United is not capitalized, if you'd like. Cheers.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
    The Constitution is the beginning of a federalized United States (indeed, United is capitalized). Federalizing was perhaps the biggest mistake ever made (made at the behest of bankers). Every point made against federalizing in the Anti-Federalist papers has been vindicated by time and history and eventually led to a civil war that killed 600,000. But what's a few deaths when there's money to be made.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Calling the federalization of the original colonies a mistake is itself a mistake, Ken. There was no choice, given the temperament and attitudes of the day, the mistrust of each other. It was, as Franklin said, hang together or hang separately, or forever be subservient to England. Without the federation, the only arrangement for independence would have been the unlikely separate sovereign nations, like Europe, until they finally formed a federation themselves
     -- Jack, Greeen, OH     
    Europe's federation is also a mistake. Centralizing power in a few hands always leads to slavery of the people to elites. You are partly correct. There may have been no other option given the debt, but that doesn't make it a good outcome for freedom. Debt is always indentured servitude.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    From the day we were created we began to die. The R and D party system has subverted this Constitution to the point where our nation is dead. All have rebelled against the Constitution, a violation of the 14th amendment, and no longer eligible to hold office. The R and D party system must be destroyed and government must be repopulated with statesmen and stateswomen who will submit themselves to the rule of law. Vote as an independent American with self imposed term limits never vote for an R or a D one term and they're all OUT! Allowing politicians to nest in office and play musical chairs with the seats of government is that which has destroyed us
     -- bill brueckner, waterbury ctr, vermont     
    imposed term limits never vote for an R or a D one term and they're all OUT! Allowing politicians to nest in office and play musical chairs with the seats of government is that which has destroyed us -- bill brueckner, waterbury ctr, vermont
     -- buck, texas     
    Its actually only the preamble. How many people replying in here actually knew that.
     -- Jim     
     -- dj      
    very cool to learn
     -- Dj     
    NOT A QUOTE - who said that?
     -- anonymous     
    Yea, yea, yea - with the ability to change or eliminate elements of the constitution, it now means nothing; the key words are "We the people...." Nothing is sacred anymore. Good intention though!!!
     -- Robert, St. Emilion, France     
    It started out that way E Archer. How did it get turned around???
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    " To secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity ". Many have died along the road to bring the truth of Liberties ordained, first by God, then presented and ordained by man and declared before the world. Lord Acton was sure and very right in his statement ' People verses the banks ". As I stated in yesterdays blog concerning Switzerland and the Knights Templar, 3-13, ( 3, Chophshiy, Eleutheria, Apeleutheros Liberty ), and ( 13, Exo 22:25, Lev 25:37, Deu 15:6, Deu 15:8, Deu 23:19, Due 23:20, 24:10, 24:11, 28:12, 28:44, Luke 6:34, 6:35, 11:5. ) These are Liberties to secure rights of inheritance to the born free sovereign of a nation that set themselves and their children at Liberty. Now concerning placement of exaction, Deu 15:1 thru 18. And for a person to lend without usury, Psalm 37:26, 112:5, Proverbs 19:17.
    Befitting for the day, I ran away from home twice when I was 3, and once when I was 13. Also befitting for the day 2015, Proverbs 15:20, A wise son maketh a glad father. Please remember mischief is framed in a law, and a unjust law is no law to be observed. Sincere friends of Liberty are always a minority. God Bless, Amen , Cheers
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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