According to the preamble to the Constitution, the main goals of the document were to provide liberty, see to the welfare of the people, create peace and tranquility, defend the country, offer justice and to unite the people under one rule. The preamble also emphasizes that the country is to be ruled by a democracy rather than a king.
Beginning with the powerful phrase "We the People," the preamble to the U.S. Constitution states plainly that the new nation would be governed by the people. The six goals of the Constitution are plainly stated as:
- "Form a more perfect union"
- "Establish justice"
- "Ensure Domestic Tranquility"
- "Provide for the Common Defense"
- "Promote the General Welfare"
- "Secure the Blessings of Liberty"