Once upon a time our leaders feared what they (the government) were capable of more than any other threat.
“How soon we forget history… Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” -George Washington
“A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” -Thomas Jefferson
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” -Thomas Jefferson
“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.” -John Adams