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Without looking it up, or correcting others, what is the first line of the US constitution?

Asked by poisonedantidote (21549 points ) June 19th, 2011

Also, please state what country you are from. Thanks.

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Mamradpivo's avatar

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish blah blah and secure blah squared.

American living abroad

fundevogel's avatar

Never memorized it.

However, I am very well acquainted with matters mathematical and understand equations both simple and quadratical. On Pythagoreas’ theorem I’m teaming with a lot of news, with manageable facts about the square of the hypotenuse. I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform and tell you every detail of Carcicurus’ uniform…in short in matters vegetable, animal and mineral…

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

We, the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice and ensure 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.

Note: There are probably many mistakes in the above. It is going off of memory from watching many a Saturday morning’s worth of School Rock sessions. Here is the specific one. I’m from the US.

iphigeneia's avatar

For some reason, I remember “We the people” from watching the movie Eagle Eye. That’s all I’ve got. It’s not very useful.

But then again, I am Australian, and it’s more than I know of our own Constitution.

cheebdragon's avatar

We the Sheeple…

dabbler's avatar

“E Plebnista” [ Star Trek “The Omega Glory” ]

tedibear's avatar

We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice and ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and hence, secure the blessing of liberty, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

So I looked it up on wikipedia. I missed “of the United States” after “We the people” and there’s no “hence” before “secure the blessings of liberty.” And yes, the only way I could remember it was to sing it from the “Schoolhouse Rock” song.

U.S. citizen living in the U.S.

jaytkay's avatar

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union,...

is as far as I can go. Born and bred and residing in the US

crisw's avatar

I add my name to list to the people who can credit Schoolhouse Rock for my education :>)

poisonedantidote's avatar

Ok, I guess I can reveal the motivation of this question.

I was waiting to see if anyone quoted any part of the declaration of independence instead.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@poisonedantidote You’re so cute. If you want to see us fail, test us on world geography.

flutherother's avatar

Its validity comes from it being written down and signed rather than memorised. That’s my excuse for my ignorance.

asmonet's avatar

@fundevogel: Close! :)

I’ve information vegetable, animal, and mineral. I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical – from Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical. I’m very well acquainted too with matters mathematical. I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical. About binomial theorem I’m teeming with a lot of news. With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.

…Okay, so I love The Pirates of Penzance too much.

ucme's avatar

“I have no idea & have no intention of pretending otherwise.”
Was I close? Do I win a prize?

Nullo's avatar

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice and ensure 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.”
Thanks, Schoolhouse Rock!

SavoirFaire's avatar

“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.”

Write it out 100 times by hand. You’ll never forget it.

MissAnthrope's avatar

‘We, the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union…’

That is, sadly, all I remember. I had it memorized about 300 years ago, when I was in high school. I’m American.

Mariah's avatar

We, the people…something about a more perfect union.
I am much better with the Declaration of Independence.
US citizen

fundevogel's avatar

@asmonet I love that you’ve out-pirate’d me. That’s awesome.

asmonet's avatar

@fundevogel: That’s my go-to song for annoying people or cheering them up with a silly song. <3! Took me for-freaking-ever to memorize it.

fundevogel's avatar

@asmonet I might have to see about smoothing out the wrinkles in my memorization. I just picked up what I’ve got from singing along so I stumble on some bits where I don’t quite make out the words. But the gibberish I fill in still fits the rules of patter :)

Bagardbilla's avatar

I believe it’s “We the people…”.
I’m from Pakistan.

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