Perhaps the single most important document in American history, the Declaration of Independence was, as Abraham Lincoln stated, the 'frame' into which the Framers placed the Constitution. The Declaration´s fundamental premise is that one´s right to 'Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness' is not a gift of government. Government is not a giver of rights, but a protector of God-given rights. Moreover, government is a creation of 'the governed' and derives all its power from the consent of its people. As the Preamble to the United States Constitution states, 'We the People' are the government.