"Paper constitutions raise smiles upon the faces of those who have observed their results."
-- Herbert Spencer
The key to the restraint of government can only be an armed, vigilant, and freedom-loving people. If the people lack sufficient arms, or are unaware of what's being done to them and its probable consequences, or are unattached to individual liberty as a sacred right and principle, they will fail to restrain the depredations of the State, whether by unwillingness or inability. That's why the totalitarians always:
1. Target the educational and communications sectors of a nation first and foremost;
2. Strive to divide the people, setting some against others;
3. Forbid the private ownership of weapons.
It could hardly be simpler...yet it appears too complex for most Americans of today.