Republics are what we want. Which means that restrictions on behavior apply to governments first and people second.
Or, to put it another way:
IF it's illegal for me to do something, it is illegal for the government to do the same thing. If it's illegal for the government is isn't necessarily illegal for me to do so.
When there is no restrictions to the actions that a democracy can perform then there is no restriction to the tyranny you can expect to get from that democracy. Which is what the world is seeing with the USA government rapidly descending into fascism. EU is following and may have already raced passed the USA into the abyss.