Government in the United States includes the understanding of three
terms: Self-government, sovereignty, and social compact. Sovereignty is the
inherent and independent right to do all that is necessary to govern oneself.
In the United States, the People are sovereign. In fact, only the Individual is
truly sovereign because only the people, and not government, have inherent
rights to Life, Liberty, and Property which they also have the right to protect
and preserve. In the United States, we enjoy self-government; that is,
government originates from the people, for the people - "of the people, by
the people, and for the people." Government arises out of social compact.
In other words, because Man is a social creature, he forms together into
communities. And in order that communities run smoothly and common services be
provided to protect everyone's rights and property, governments are instituted.
And so, individuals delegate some of their sovereign power of self-defense and
self-preservation to a government. That is why the bulk of government is always
supposed to be closest to the individual, where it is most responsible and most
accountable. Our rights and liberties are most protected when people have the
frequent opportunity to see their elected officials and look them in the eye
and when those officials see a personal story behind acts of legislation, etc.