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Paige “Duffy” Lewis
June 4, 2015
Pulling out my handy, bound copy of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, I read how the Declaration articulates the American political philosophy and the U.S. Constitution proscribes the powers of the three branches of the central U.S. government. The Preamble includes the core purpose of the Constitution, which is to “provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” The Founders of the country and the authors of the Constitution were articulate and educated people and they scrupulously chose each word of both founding documents.
The verb choices in the Preamble to the Constitution are significant: providing for the common defense, the preeminent responsibility of the central governme
nt, does not mean common offense; promoting the general welfare does not mean bestowing, and securing the blessings of liberty does not mean granting.