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Purpose of Government

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Anna Davis

on 8 November 2012

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Transcript of Purpose of Government

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. The authors of the Constitution wanted it to speak
to the common man. If the Constitution lacked the approval of the common man, there would be a risk of a revolution. These words clarified that the people of the United States both wrote and supported this Constitution. This was not a document made of a monarchy, but rather the free people. Dissatisfied by the Articles of Confederation,
the Framers felt that this Constitution was necessary in order to have a better functioning government. They did not say the U.S. government would be perfect, but more perfect that it was. Used to a government of injustice and unfairness, the people of the United States desired a country where everyone was on the same level. After the revolt known as Shay's Rebellion in Massachusetts, the keeping of the peace was on the mind of every citizen, and the maintenance of tranquility at home was a top priority. When writing the Constitution, the authors hoped they could provide this in order to avoid any future rebellions. No single state had the means to defend themselves from any attacks. With fear of assaults from Britain, Spain, and the unpredictable Indians, not a single state was capable of defending themselves alone. They needed each other; to provide for one another in times of battle. Emphasizing on the services listed previously, the sole meaning of this document is to inform the people of the befenfits of what the government could offer. Freedom: what they had sought for all along. They wanted to create a land parallel to the monarchy that had once ruled them. They wanted the U.S. to be the epitome of liberty for their generation and the generations to come. "Ordaining" brings to mind of the higher power, not a king or a queen, but rather the Americans and by establishing this Constitution, the American people replaced the oh-so-flawed Articles of Confederation with this new, perfected document.
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