Provide for the common defence,

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

Meaning

The new nation was fearful of attack from all sides — and no one state was really capable of fending off an attack from land or sea by itself. With a wary eye on Britain and Spain, and ever-watchful for Indian attack, no one of the United States could go it alone. They needed each other to survive in the harsh world of international politics of the 18th century.

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