If you want to know why every single American over a certain age knows the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution by heart, listen to this. (Note embedded Quicktime sample opens in new window).
And how cool is this? One of the School House Rock singers/songwriters wrote one of my all-time favorite musicals, Once on This Island.
*wanders off singing: We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, 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 of the United States of America...*
Yes, I wrote that from memory. I can sing it from memory, too.
Yes. I have a copy of the Constitution. There's some damn fine language in it...even if the three-fifths compromise is the ultimate in squirm-worthy.