In a totalitarian state, the government controls the people. In a free Republic, the people control the government.
Dictators can not enslave a people without first deceiving them. They invariably will convince the people that they must voluntarily give up a portion of their individual liberty in order to achieve public safety. In a Republic, the people are subject to laws that protect the life, liberty and property of the people, while in a totalitarian state, the government controls the people with rules, regulations and ordinances.
In a Republic, the people are free to do whatever they want as long as they do not violate the rights of others. In a totalitarian state, the people must be given permission or granted a license before they can exercise their unalienable rights. In a Republic, a crime is committed when one party is injured by another. No crime can be committed unless there is a victim. In the totalitarian state, a crime occurs whenever a person breaks one of the government’s arbitrary rules. The Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution to prevent the abuse of power by elected officials.
Even though their intentions may be honorable, an elected official can not lawfully deprive the people of their rights under the pretense of taking care of them. Officials that put the best interest of their community ahead of the rights of the individual plant the seeds of tyranny. A statesmen is a public servant that represents the people and defends the Constitution while a typical politician says whatever he needs to say to get elected and follows the Constitution only when it is convenient to do so. We need to separate the sheep from the goats.
We need to identify the statesmen who truly believe in the Constitution and support them. The politicians who give lip service to the Constitution and fail to honor their oath to preserve, protect and defend it once in office must be replaced.