In any successful attack on freedom the state can only be an accomplice. The chief culprit is the citizen who forgets his duty, wastes away his strength in the sleep of sin and sensual pleasure, and so loses the power of his own initiative. Among a nation healthy at its core . . . no state can subvert the principles of justice without meeting the people’s strong moral resistance under God. — Abraham Kuyper, 1880.
True then. True now. As we steadily lose our freedoms to an ever-expanding state with an ever-expanding scope, we the citizens bear the brunt of the blame. Especially so in a democracy, where we continue to elect the grasping, gasping leeches who live off our labor.