Provide for the Common Defense Clause
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 1
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
- James Madison's Notes of the Constitutional Convention
- United States Constitution
The Constitution of the United States.
- The Federalist No. 14
- The Federalist No. 19
- The Federalist No. 41
- The Federalist No. 45
- James Madison to John Tyler · recipient: John Tyler