"Founding fathers" in the Continental Congress authorized delegates from each state to meet in Philadelphia to strengthen the Articles of Confederation. Rhode Island did not send delegates. There were 70 delegates named; 55 attended the sessions; but only 39 signed the document. Some delegates urged a states’ constitution--a stronger Articles of Confederation--but compromised to a citizens’ constitution. Upon signature, the document was an accomplishment that had not been authorized and therefore could only be considered a proposal; it was merely a draft to be offered as a substitute for the expected revised Articles of Confederation. Furthermore, the document was known to be imperfect, one of the most glaring features being scheduling to end the slave trade but not scheduling emancipation; its special gift was amenability. Should we consider all the players in amending the 1788 constitution founding fathers? Probably not, but their work was required to complete the constitution that was negotiated by ratifying states. That is, as a condition for ratifying, some states required the promise of a Bill of Rights. That bill was not ratified until December 15, 1791. So are the founders everyone involved in the first complete constitution for the USA?
I see seven direct and two tacit goals in this civic statement. The paraphrase according to me is: Citizens who commit to nine goals, stated herein, limit the USA. Let me explain, phrase by phrase, not to convince readers about my opinions, but to encourage formation of personal opinion.
With fulfillment of the preamble, every citizen could pursue happiness as they perceive it, not in social conformance or subjugation to tyranny. For example, Muslims in Murfreesboro, Tennessee would not be challenged to prove that Islam is a religion nor would a civic people suffer the cost of such legal proceedings. The first goal, formerly the seventh--continuity, refers to preservation into perpetuity. Continuity seems neglected in today’s accumulation of national debt, avarice for the funds spent on education, protection of child abusers, and other neglect of children.