Ryan Messmore. “A Moral Case Against Big Government.” Heritage Foundation. February 27, 2007: “Misplaced Allegiance Threatens Democracy. Citizens’ cultural allegiances to family, church, and local associations […] are some of ‘the most powerful resources of democracy.’ The diversification of authority and allegiance among social institutions helps to prevent any one institution from becoming too powerful.” In so far as government undermines these social institutions, it undermines a vital check on government in a democracy. This can lead to ever-expanding government power.