I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the People themselves...
An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight.
They are constantly trying to redefine everything.
"How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!"- Samuel Adams
"The proposed government is to be the government of the people; all its officers are to be their officers, and to exercise no rights but such as the people commit to them."
John Jay reminds us that the people are supposed to be the top of the food chain - and feds only have the limited powers delegated to them.