People seem to equate the "pursuit of Happiness" with the "right" to happiness at anyone's expense. As for governments deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed ... the U.S. Constitution was put in place as a LIMITING factor on the federal government. All powers not specifically enumerated were left to the states. The Supreme Court, Congress and the Executive Branch have all decided that everything is in the power of the federal government, including committing/forcing the states to take action. It can be said that "we the people" have the government we deserve but it is not the government we put in place with the constitution.