"Let us consider that arbitrary power has seldom or ever been introduced into
any country at once. It must be introduced by slow degrees, and as it were
step by step, lest the people should see it approach.
"The barriers and fences of the people's liberty must be plucked one by one,
and some plausible pretenses must be found for removing or hoodwinking, one after another,
those sentries who are posted by the constitution of a free country for warning the people of their danger".
"When these preparatory steps are once made, the people may then indeed, with regret,
see slavery and arbitrary power making long strides over their land,
but it will be too late to think of
preventing or avoiding the impending ruin".
Lord Chesterfield, 1779
8 years before the Constitution was written.