While I can agree with why your skepticism, I disagree with the points you make.
The institution of government was supposed to be a rational and objective means of providing an "umpire" over daily and judicial activities. If people broke the rules through physical coercion, violence, or fraud, then they get put in the penalty box.
However the distortion of this came from realizing that the game can be controlled by the umpires. Since the umpires are chosen by popular consensus and not rational meritocracy, the bastardized permutations of our forefather's ideas are repeated and enforced ad nauseum. Their original intent seems to have been lost.
I know this is a gross over-simplification, but I hope I've made my point.
I told the new me,
"Meet me at the bus station and hold a sign that reads: 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life.'"
But the old me met me with a sign that read: "Welcome back."
Who you are is not a function of where you are. -Off Minor