The means through which the sovereign (that is, We, the People) establishes its legal authority and administers public affairs. That is, government is the means through which the sovereign deploys people to manage and regulate the affairs of the people to the extent delegated by the sovereign to the government. Further, government is an organization through which a body of people exercises political authority; the machinery by which sovereign power is expressed. Thus, the power of government is authorized and derived from the sovereign – We, the People.

When humans form societies they must institute governments to ensure that the society does in fact best fulfill the human rights of all of its members. Thus, all forms and branches of America’s government are obligated to protect human rights, including those listed in as well as those contemplated by the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, even if not expressly listed.

We, the People have delegated some but not all of our authority and power to our Federal government to exercise on our behalf and to secure our individual and collective rights (human and contractual rights). As noted by Amendment X of the Federal Constitution, “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Because our governments (federal, state, and local) have been instituted “to secure these rights” and derive their powers “from the consent of the governed,” We, the People have also agreed that “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”  Furthermore, We, the People have also agreed amongst ourselves that “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.”