Tuesday, September 14, 2004

America's Mission Statement

Lately, I've been thinking about the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, and I'm beginning to think that it's America's mission statement (as cheesy as that may be). What I mean is that the Preamble succinctly states the overriding purpose of the Constitution, and reflects a bit of the founders' hope for the future of the country:
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.

The Preamble may not serve much of a purpose outside of the opening flourish, but it easily provides a simple guide for everyday questions of America's policies.

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