The United States Constitution was founded upon the idea of a Social Contract. But what exactly does that mean? In essence, a social contract is one where the people give up some of their power to the state in exchange for benefits that only the state can provide. Abuses of the state can be met through changing the laws, changing the Constitution, or if it comes to it revolting. As Thomas Jefferson famously stated, "I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."