Few of those casting ballots in the 2008 suspected their representatives would soon be attempting to pass a 1500-page health care bill that virtually no one on Earth has read in its entirety. A gigantic government can never be truly democratic (or, more precisely, republican) because the informed support and consent of the voters is impossible. Incomprehensible truth is as useless to free citizens as deliberate lies, and the two can be extremely difficult to tell apart. Few people make the effort to separate them. The Justice Department is only forcing Kinston to do what most of the country does anyway: check off all the Ds or Rs, then boast of how they voted against all the right people.

Knowledge is freedom. The command of a titanic government you don’t understand, diluted only by the periodic exercise of a vote that reflects your hopes more than your will, is inevitably tyrannical.