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.
—Preamble to the U.S. Constitution
Of course, we’ve encountered these words over and over again throughout our lives: in grade school, in high school, in college, and even on television. But, as a practical matter, what do they mean? Do they have any effect on your everyday life?
The Constitution and the Freedoms It Affords
In order for our representative democracy to work, there need to