The business of government is to make government larger and more involved in your life. At their disposal, they have many proven technologies including management technologies, propaganda, and the threat of force under color of authority. Your obligation, whether you accept it or not, is to control government. Refusal to accept your obligation is agreement to be enslaved.
When the founders and framers designed the Constitution, they assumed an involved citizenry. They were coming out of a period of revolution and their foe was not entirely defeated. Indeed the foe attacked again twenty years after the Constitution was signed and burned down Washington, D.C. The balance among the federal government and the people and the states was considered critical to success of the American republic… three legs on a stool. Based on over 200 years history, the founders and framers over-relied on an involved citzenry, which is understandable given their revolutionary circumstances at the time. The irony and mistake given their deep readings in history, humanistic philosophies, and religions is their insufficient cynicism and controls for the ever-present reprobates among us, especially in the political class, the wealthy and the powerful.