Some essential reading for these troubled times:
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
1984, also by George Orwell
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
These tomes (well, Animal Farm is actually a very short read) all dwell on the premise that power corrupts. Furthermore, those in power will also do almost anything to maintain their status quo, including passing laws that keep them in power to the detriment of the people they are supposed to represent and serve.
As Yogi Berra might say "It's like déjà vu all over again."