Constitutional Protection: Understanding the Bill of Rights

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 Read More