An objective of this work is to establish a new approach that reverses the assumption about the character of citizens--assumes that most citizens just want to be free to live in peace. With collaborative autonomy as the expected behavior, all just citizens will be accommodated to pursue the liberty they perceive, not the visions of others. Offenders, the few who miss the opportunity for no-harm personal freedom, can be educated to established justice instead of widespread dysfunction--may understand the importance of justice and stand a better chance of reform than exists in today’s governance. Today's governance promotes national liberty to avoid citizens focusing on
There is a scholarly review of the preamble and its goals by David Shestokas. See www.shestokas.com/constitution-educational-series/understanding-the-us-constitutions-preamble-2/ . I do not expect readers to agree with everything Shestokas writes about the preamble.
Turning now to the first stated goal, which is, “form a more perfect Union,” I initially suggested for discussion a one word reminder: unity. The 1787 object was the union of states, which, under the Articles of Confederation (1777), had proven weak after independence was won in 1781 and asserted by the King of England in 1783, when he stated that the thirteen states were free and independent rather than admitting to a treaty with the Continental Congress. Problems included: some states imposed tariffs on others; the Congress was unable to pay its war debts; and foreign countries did not know who to respect: individual states or Congress. During the Revolutionary War, 40% were patriots, 40% loyalists, and 20% pacifists, and divisions remained among the people who did not return to England or move to Canada. David Shestokas points out that "more perfect" reflects the fact that the Articles of Confederation were insufficient.