Government exists to maintain order, while rights defend the human. Human rights are only acknowledged within governments that allow difference, liberty of conscience, and dissention. These rights are granted to Americans in their "Bill of Rights".
So, while order, structure, law, and authority are necessary to protect society, these aspects of society are to be open to change, evaluation, scrutiny, accountability and dissent. Otherwise, the government becomes oppressive, dictatorial and limiting of human freedom.