|After the Revolutionary War, the commanding officer,
George Washington, relinquished his power encouraged the drafting of a
new Constitution. This was one of the first instances of a leader
stepping down so that the people could decide their own future and destinies.
The preamble to the U.S. Constitution lists six functions
1. To form a more perfect Union - The national government will be fair across different state boundaries, helping keep the union together.
2. To establish justice - The government's responsiblity
is to protect those who do obey the law and punish those who do not.
3. To insure domestic tranquility - In order that
all may lead a tranquil and quiet life, according to their own conscience,
in a godlike and dignified manner.
4. To provide for the common defense - All life
is held as sacred, with the protection of innocent life at the base of
capital punishment. The government is to provided an army for protection
from external threats.
5. To promote the general welfare - Civil rulers
are servants for the general good. All classes of citizens are to be represented
equally by any laws the government may pass. The government
may not provide or aid special interest groups above others. It is to promote,
not provide, for the people.
6. To secure the blessings of liberty - As stated
in the Declaration of Independence, blessings are endowed upon men by their
creator, not a privilege granted by government. These blessings include
life, liberty, and property. Government cannot provide these, only secure
Many believe that the creation of the Constitution of
the United States was inspired by the God of our forefathers. Although
not perfect, the U.S. Constitution has lasted for over 200 years and has
been the blue print for liberty in many nations around the globe.