If your uncle gives you a magnificent Rolls-Royce, and a year later he wants to see how you have done with it, and you show him a tangled mess of metal and rubber, caused not by a freak accident but by your habitual misuse, he will naturally conclude that you are incompetent to own a Rolls-Royce. We were given a republic that guaranteed a wide berth for liberty and for local matters, with the central government reserved only for matters that were truly national. We now have what every single one of the founders, federalists and anti-federalists both, would have considered tyrannical. It is a tangled mess.
Anthony Esolen, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, pg.11