According to the Declaration of Independence, what is the primary purpose of government?
The Declaration of Independence states that "all men" are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." At the Constitutional Convention, James Madison, who would later author the Bill of Rights and become known as the "Father of the Constitution" for his central role in its formation, stated that the new government must provide "more effectually for the security of private rights and the steady dispensation of Justice." He then said that violations of these ideals "had more perhaps than any thing else, produced this convention."