How the U.S. Constitution provides for a “government of laws”? Which is the feature of the Constitution most important in providing for such?

By Micaela Delfino

The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America. The Constitution represents everything the country wanted to and still stands for. At first beginning with just 7 articles and an amiable way of getting through with the language, the Constitution made sure everyone could be able to read it and comprehend quite quickly the purposes of the national frame of government.

The Constitution, provides for a government of laws, starting with its Preamble:
“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.”

The Preamble is of great importance to understand the frame of mind the Founding Fathers’ had when implementing the supreme law, their intentions regarding its meaning and hopes.

The phrase “a government of laws, not of men” can be routed back to John Adams[1], one of the Founding Fathers’ and the second president of the U.S., when he described the ideal form of government. I believe it stands for the objectivity of interpretation, a government for all, not a government for some, one that is applicable to every individual without regard of their education, profession or position. A government of men would be subjective, and a government that treats some people differently than others is a system that just can’t lead to justice.

Therefore, the Preamble designs what are the intentions of the United States of America when formed and what they continue to be, after more than two hundred years later, today.

[1] “A government of laws, not of men” is how John Adams described the ideal form of government. The Constitution of the United States was designed to create such a government.


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