“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice and ensure domestic tranquility...
We had a government we could drown in a bathtub. The founding document of that gov’t was the Articles of Confederation.
So let’s address those values.
Not we the whites, we the men, we the straights or we the Christians. We the people are white, but also of non-European descent; men, but also women & children; straights, but also LGBTQ; Christians, but also all religious & non-religious.
That didn’t end in 1789 with ratification. We had 10 amendments in the decade that followed. The formation of a more perfect union is a process, not a singular event.
The framers challenged us to make the Constitution better.
We had an ineffectual, virtually unenforceable system of law, beset by rebellions & interstate tariffs. The Constitution corrected those problems by creating a sustainable #RuleOfLaw.
Right in the nick of time, too. With Napoleon engaged in Europe, Britain’s invasion in 1812, without our old ally, France, would have seen us once again, subject to British rule, had we not had the power to provide for a robust military.
We didn’t have any kind of social safety net back then, but Thomas Jefferson was very clear on what free people needed to maintain a representative government: we had to be informed and educated. This is the opposite of what Republicans want.
The formation of the United States was predicated on the principle that people are equal, endowed with the right to LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. This is not only for us, but future generations.