Some think rights come from government. Not under the American system established by our founders. They come from God and this understanding is key to our freedom. The giving and taking of rights by government is secondary to protecting those sacred and undeniable rights every human has from their creator. If this role gets reversed then we are on the decline headed towards monarchy or tyranny.
The government can only do that which another citizen can do in the process of defending their rights should no government exist. By transferring that authority politicians gain traction and steal freedom little by little. It may hardly be noticed until a future day when a comparison is made of what should have been a free society had individual liberties been protected.