Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.
The above quote is attributed to Daniel Webster, a Senator who fought off some of the earliest attacks on American civil liberties by early would-be tyrants. His idea applies today more than ever, as attempted autocrats decry the inability to know every private thought of the citizenry and seek to deprive Americans of the liberties so many have died [...]