And What Is Liberty?
The American Constitution in its root form defines the original source of political power in the United States as the individual citizen. This power remains dominant as it is incorporated into ever larger groups. This Constitution grudgingly gives power to the State and then to the Federal. That is why there is so much power in the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment. Humans are social. This creates problems as well as assets. The function of government is to mitigate the conflict between the Individual and social groups of like minded people (for instance religious, political, ethnic) who seek to overpower Individual liberty.