I wouldn't want to live in a country where the government protects itself from the people it governs. I'd rather live in a country where citizens are protected from the the bureaucrats. Because it is in the nature of government to seek more and more power, it must be restrained. History shows that citizens, over time, almost always lose this battle. Government, at best, is a necessary evil. Once it takes control of our lives, and the protections against it are gone, so is individual freedom.