It has been suggested to us in a comment that since a copy of the Constitution provided by The Heritage Foundation does not include the Preamble to the Bill of Rights – that preamble doesn’t exist.

Or, that the preamble was simply an introductory text that was included by Congress to send to the states.

These opinions couldn’t be more wrong.

Interestingly enough, the text of the Bill of Rights on omits the preamble as well. Here’s a picture of the original Bill of Rights – which includes the Preamble. The preamble explains the purpose of the Bill of Rights – to put further restrictions on the federal government.

“THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”


Michael Boldin