Our country is based upon "certain unalienable rights" found in the Declaration of Independence. The government was formed in order to "secure" (preserve) these rights. This places upon "the governed" (us) certain duties and responsibilities, up to and including overthrowing any government that becomes "despotic" (for example, a dictatorship). Many "rights" are confirmed within our Constitution, of which most people are aware. What people tend to overlook or forget are the duties that come along with those rights. We have a Republic form of government. We MUST ALWAYS remember that a Republic can easily slip and become a Democracy which, as has been shown repeatedly throughout history, WILL fail and become a dictatorship.
In simple terms; people don't exactly like responsibility. Rights are free and people are entitled to them, but responsibilities place a burden on people, and people don't like that. That is why you see so many people demonstrating where some right has been infringed, but no one ever demonstrates for failure to do something they were supposed to because that would be demonstrating against themselves.