We know this to be true because everything the founders did was to reduce the impact of the federal government. The founders limited the powers of the federal government by enumerating the limited number of powers they were giving the federal government. To be sure nobody misunderstood their intent, they included the Tenth Amendment in the Bill of Rights.
Tenth Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Patrick Henry told us: "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."
The founders also formed a divided government that was not structured to “get things done quickly.” The divided government was established to diffuse power as opposed to concentrating power. Thomas Jefferson said, “If the three powers maintain their mutual independence on each other our government may last long, but not so if either can assume the authorities of the other.”
Throughout history we have been warned about the tyranny of big government. We have seen the tyranny of big government in action time after time. It is essential, if we wish to remain free, that we remain skeptical of government no matter which party is in power. The Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) are certainly the party of big government, but the Republicans have at times also promoted big government, only at a slower pace.
We do not know for sure who said this, but it is worth heeding, "The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first."
We should also heed what Senator Ben Sasse stated about preserving freedom by being skeptical of any government. It is interesting how the left is now worried about trusting government and adhering to the United States Constitution when over the last eight years they were willing to cast aside and ignore what Obama called a “fundamentally flawed Constitution.”
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.) recently appeared on MSNBC with Katy Tur to discuss whether or not President Donald Trump’s administration could be trusted with matters of national security, especially in the face of Trump pre-emptively blaming the media and the court system for the next terrorist attack.
Sasse answered not by promoting partisanship and declaring that Republicans should be relied on to do the right thing but by advising that Americans should be wary of anyone with power.
“First of all, it is the American tradition that we should always be skeptical of our government,” said Sasse. “So, regardless of who occupies the White House, and regardless of who represents you in the legislature, it is an American fundamental core belief to be skeptical of power, and especially be skeptical of the consolidation of power.”