We the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty, in order to secure the advantages of a state government do ordain and establish this constitution. The preamble recognizes that the people of the state are the constitution makers. The Constitution of New Mexico, like the constitutions of almost every state, recognizes a dependence on God. Implicit in the second clause of the preamble is the concept that government derives its authority from the consent of the people; a principle that is guaranteed in Article II §§ 2 and 3. The...
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