Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, by the Committee of Style (Alexander Hamilton, William Johnson, Rufus King, James Madison, and Gouverneur Morris), September 12, 1787
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.
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