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The Preamble
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 1:25 PM

The Preamble to the United States Constitution consists of a sentence that introduces the document and its purpose. The preamble neither grants any powers or inhibits any actions. It only explains the rationale behind the U.S Constitution. While the preamble technically does not assign any powers to any department of the national government, the Supreme Court has cited the preamble to consider the history, intent and meaning of various clauses elsewhere in the Constitution. The preamble declares one object to be, 'to provide for the common defense.' No one can doubt that this does not enlarge the powers of Congress to pass any measures which they deem useful for the common defenses.