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.Who is the Posterity? Does it include immigrants? Vox Day says no.
The question is this: how do we determine which of the three definitions of posterity should correctly apply to the term “posterity” as it is used in “ourselves and our posterity”? The answer, as I previously suggested, is straightforward. To understand how the term was meant to be understood in the Preamble, we must look at how the same people using it were using it in their other writings. Fortunately, there are more than a few mentions of “posterity” in both the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers which are discussing the very constitution in question. There are seven instances in the Federalist Papers.Here is Webster's 1828 definition:
1. Descendants; children, children's children, etc. indefinitely; the race that proceeds from a progenitor. The whole human race are the posterity of Adam.Immigrants might qualify under definition 2, but not 1. Vox Day makes a good argument that definition 1 is correct.
2. In a general sense, succeeding generations; opposed to ancestors.
You might think that only White supremacists would argue that America was founded to benefit Whites. Actually a lot of others argue it also, such as the NY Times in The 1619 Project.