even they knew limits must be placed on themselves, or they would turn into wolves among sheep.
i dont know?........i once thought as you did, i believed america was a democracy, and the founders give we the people the power, and government was constructed to work for the people.....however after reading the founders ...constitution, letters ,papers, i found this was not true at all, and it turned me upside down on my head.
the founders envisioned a union of states each independent of each other , sovereign, with their own laws, only bound together by the 18 power of congress was given, even the bill of rights did not even apply to the states.
when states argued among themselves then the federal government stepped in and solved the problem, when states violated the rights of its citizens under a state constitution, and the citizens felt he was not receiving justice they could petition the federal government to hear their case.
the federal government was not at all designed to be involved in the personal life's of the people, no where in congresses powers do you see the people and the powers of congress come together.
only 4 persons can be under legal federal government authority and i have named them many times.....pirates ,counterfeiters, traitors, and tax cheats...becuase they are the only ones which can violated any of the 18 powers of congress with their activities.