The preamble of the U.S. Constitution.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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."
1. A statement from the People of the United States. This is key in the formation of a government of the people, for the people, by the people as articulated many years later by Abraham Lincoln. In times prior Government was to govern the people. The People of the United States were developing a government governed by the people. A reversal of roles.
2. The idea of the people limiting the amount of intrusion of government into their lives was to strike a balance between government and the governed. This was the goal of a more perfect union.
3. Justice, the rule of law would be established to protect the people from overbearing government.
4. The strength of these laws and the just application of them would insure domestic tranquility.
5. Create a defense for all. This is the order to create a military.
6. Welfare, does not mean food stamps. It means to provide for the general welfare of the states through coordination of effort.
7. All of the previous goals are to secure the blessings of liberty.
The Preamble establishes who is forming the government. What the government will do. And the goal of this interaction between the people and government.