Georgia was founded by Oglethorpe as a pauper colony who saw an opportunity for wealthy investors to make a few bucks while at the same time ridding England of many of its undesirables (slavery was prohibited by the original colonial charter).
I put that parenthesis around “represent” because of my belief that:
“We, the People of the United States...
...do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
...would have more accurately been written as:
“We, the self appointed elite aristocracy of the United States...
...do ordain and establish this Constitution for The People of the United States of America.”
“The People” had little or nothing to do with establishing the Constitution since “The People” were not fairly “represented” at the convention nor was individual liberty much of a consideration during the debate.
The word “People” appears one time in the preamble, one time in the body of the constitution and then 5 times in the Bill of Rights.
I am beginning to believe that the phrase “We, The People” was put there in the preamble as a sales pitch, a con, an advertising gimmick.
So, color me cynical this morning.
Alabama's new tough anti-illegal invader laws will be shot down. Time for a state(s) to secede, again.
OTOH, I can't think of better design than what they came up with.
But as for legitimacy, all of the States with the exception of NH ratified the Articles of Confederation via their State Legislatures. It made sense. There was a war going on, and the Confederacy acted (well it was supposed to) on the states.
The Constitution was ratified by conventions of delegates chosen by the people. It was thought that since it would act on the people, they should have a say in its ratification.