So if government has ultimate authority, then why have a constitution? Why not just write a single line that says "government has complete authority, and all others must get approval before doing anything". If the constitution is not a limiting document, then what we are left with is essentially a dictatorship, not by a single person, but by a body of people. Our government is of, by, and for the people, and the powers are given to government by consent of the governed. My interpretation of that is, we give government certain powers to be able to work on our behalf, but ultimately, it is the peoples country. Had the intent have been that we were to give up all of our power to the government for it to be able to rule over us, I would think less people would have been likely to go along with that.