Insure domestic Tranquility,

from Constitutional Convention (Ft. James Madison & Thomas Jefferson) – The U.S. Constitution (Preamble) on Rap Genius

Meaning

One of the events that caused the Convention to be held was the revolt of Massachusetts farmers knows as Shays' Rebellion. The taking up of arms by war veterans revolting against the state government was a shock to the system. The keeping of the peace was on everyone’s mind, and the maintenance of tranquility at home was a prime concern. The framers hoped that the new powers given the federal government would prevent any such rebellions in the future.

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