Your observation is the fate of republican governance. People act rationally, and that means grabbing at the monopoly of force to get their slice of the pie, and then soon enough we spend more time fighting over the pie than adding to it. It's the feeding trough that Bastiat lamented. Unfortunately it's inevitable, as even the Constitution was powerless to prevent it. We shouldn't place our faith in the idea of governance. Government is the antithesis of freedom. We can do just fine without it.
'The Anarchists are simply unterrified Jeffersonian Democrats. They believe that “the best government is that which governs least,” and that which governs least is no government at all.'
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