Darn if I can remember who said it - Thomas Aquinas? St. Augustine? - but it was something to the effect that one guy with a pirate ship is a criminal but if he has fleet of pirate ships he's a king or emperor.
Every study of history every done has shown that all governments are based on crime. Basically a band of ruffians got together, conquered some people and instead of stealing they called it taxation (and the criminals called themselves "royalty," which doesn't exist).
I guess when I was about 21 I became interested in economics, political science and history. I ran across such books as Franz Oppenheimer's The State Albert Jay Nock's Our Enemy, the State and suddenly I understood.
The Founding Fathers understood their history and tried to found a nation that avoided all the criminal State activity. It worked quite well for a long time and in many ways still works today,
The Founding Fathers founded a very small government that protects "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." When it goes beyond those minimum things then it turns into the State - which is a criminal organization.
We now have a government that sucks out astronomical amounts of wealth through taxes and uses it to support the meddling, murdering American Empire, inflates the money supply though the thoroughly unconstitutional "Federal Reserve Bank" so that now money is worth about 2% of what it was 100 years ago, destroys high-paying jobs through exporting them, has opened the borders to every anti-American 87-IQ Third World parasite lowlife out there...and all the rest.
Empires generally last about 250 years. We've beat that so far, and I'll be glad when the American Empire collapses and we have to come home. The rest of the world? I feel for their tragedy, but America first. Besides, the tragedy of the rest of the world is because they don't have political and economic liberty - and we can't do anything about that. We certainly can't impose it by death and destruction, like the U.S. government has been trying to do for a long time.
The U.S. is going to be around for a long, long time. People have finally wised up to what is happening to them, which accounts for the rise of Trump and Sanders (these rebellions against the Establishment are a good thing).
These days, rebellions against the Establishment are always a good thing.