"The most important change which extensive government control produces is a psychological change, an alteration in the character of the people. This means, among other things, that even a strong tradition of political liberty is no safeguard if the danger is precisely that new institutions and policies will gradually undermine and destroy that spirit."
- F.A. Hayek
Hayek is sadly right on the money here. Think about the average person you might meet on the street. Do they really believe in individual liberty, Constitutional rights, and constraints on government power, or do they just want to be taken care of, freedom be damned?
Wait. Don't answer that.