Following are some famous quotes from those that understood the moral superiority of respecting the concept of INDIVIDUAL, GOD given rights, and the duty of good government to secure and protect these rights as the only legitimate purpose of Government.
(Madison, Federalist 51):
“It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices* should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is Government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”
*(separate powers, checks and balances in government to prevent too much power concentration)