The Preamble And The Social Contract Theory

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The Preamble And The Social Contract Theory Imagine a world where nothing is certain. Your security, your family, and what seem to be your god given rights, are all subject to change, or not exist at all. This alien society is a dog eat dog world, survival of the fittest at its prime. And now imagine you’re not quite the fittest out there, and you’re slowly but surely losing the battle of life. Doesn’t this all seem barbaric and unfair? This is an example of a world without government, which believe it or not had to have existed at one time. The earliest people on earth weren’t born into a world with a manual that told them how to run the place. But more born into a chaotic world, and eventually people got sick of this and began creating forms of government. Doing so by agreeing to create a state, this state was to be a system by contract, a contract that the states people would grant which powers they chose to the state, in exchange for the upheaval of their securities and rights. This theory is the Social Contract Theory, with relevance to the American political system. It is suspected that our founding fathers used this theory to derive the six purposes of the government, which are found in the Preamble. The first of which mentioned in the Preamble is to form a more perfect union. This was evidently needed due to the constant confrontation of the first states of the confederacy. It was clear that the states themselves needed a higher power to answer to as well. This is why the founding fathers of the nation looked to the social contract theory, to unify the states through a federal government. The second purpose of government in the Preamble was to establish Justice. Being wise to Thomas Hobbes part of the Social Contract Theory, the writers of our Preamble knew that people without some form of justice system, or other means to stop crime and unruly
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