Corruption.

 

The preamble to the United States Constitution states clearly and concisely, the founders’ intent as they undertook the task before them. Familiar with the shackles of despotism, this was not to be taken lightly. The sole reason for the Revolutionary war was to escape the heavy hand of the confiscatory British monarchy. For the young nation, the spoils of this war were greater than anything money could buy – the opportunity to afford the protections of liberty for generations to come.

 

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 

The American victory dissolved the control and influence previously held by the British royals, and transferred governance to the people – fit to lead themselves.

 

Personal enrichment from public service was never part of the deal.