“The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat. The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the road side, and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful.”
If a cop wrongfully attacks you, you cannot fight back.
If a SWAT team wrongfully raids your home, you cannot defend yourself.
If a highway patrol officer wrongfully takes your money or your valuable possessions, you cannot get them back without a lengthy, costly legal battle.
It used to be that the Constitution served as a bulwark against government abuses, excesses, and wrongdoing.