PREAMBLE

We the People of the United States, in Oder to form a more perfect
Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the
common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the
Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and
establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

“The citizens of the United States of America have the right to
applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an
enlarged and liberal policy worthy if imitation. All posses alike
liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no
more that toleration is spoken of as if it were by the indulgence of
one class of citizens that another enjoyed the exercise of their
inherent natural right, for happily the Government of the United
States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no
assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection
should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all
occasions their effectual support”.

George Washington, September 9, 1790