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.
These words began our great nation. While the Declaration of Independence began the great experiment which we call the United States of America, it was with these words in which the nation was truly born. It united the 13 individual states into a single, federal government, creating a unified, United States. It was not a perfect document, but it was a living document which could have its issues addressed in time. And in time, we the people addressed its issues.
The fledgling governments foundation is built on a simple premise, compromise. The structure of government made roadblocks easy to put in place, difficult to overcome. This required all sides to work together in order for the government to even work. This has had its moments of trouble, but for the majority of history, the United States system has worked in a uniquely American way. Nobody got everything they wanted, but by working together we all got something we wanted.
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