The significance in the Declaration of Independence lies largely in the fact that it laid the foundation for a country that thrived though the power of the people. The governed and the government empower each other, and it is this mutual commitment to empowerment that ensures protection for the nation’s citizens and guarantees their God-given rights. The founding fathers described a government created by the people and for the people. Thus, in a large sense, the people and the government are inseparable; they make up a larger entity—the nation—and it is a commitment to the nation as an entity that ensures its survival. This commitment—as well as the privileges it engenders—applies to civilians and to government officials alike. It is is up to the people” as a national group to determine what’s right for the country as a whole, to establish policy and create the laws, to obey the laws, and to ensure that the laws are upheld. Therefore, no one entity is responsible for protecting the rights of the people. It is the nation itself—a nation that can only survive and function as prescribed through the collaboration and involvement of the citizens.