The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.
-- Patrick HenryIn fairness, the federal government as a whole has been guilty of this inversion of the Constitution’s purpose for several generations. It was bad enough when the Bush administration gave us things like the Medicare Prescription entitlement. It’s just that the current administration has ratcheted things up a few notches from the worst excesses of any previous administration (including perhaps the FDR administration).
(By the way, I’m assuming this quote was actually from Patrick Henry. I have looked for a site that gives the original reference for the quote, but so far, if there is any citation at all, the websites are citing each other. If someone can point me to the quote’s actual source, I’d be much obliged.)