One of the flaws in humans is their tendency to blindly obey those who they believe to be in a position of trust or authority, whether the person is actually an authority or not. Even if they simply "appear" to be an authority, or "act" like one, this is usually sufficient to engender trust and illicit cooperation.
This makes humans vulnerable to exploitation by greedy men with hidden agendas. Those seeking to enslave us and steal the fruits of our labor, are masquerade as our friends, They are presenting themselves as benefactors, but are in reality nothing more than parasitic bankers, lawyers and politicians.
Our founding fathers, especially Thomas Jefferson, tried to warn us that if we were not forever vigilant, the government which we created to protect our lives and liberty would one day threaten our very survival by overstepping the very bounds with which we created them.
Those whom we have elected to positions of authority cannot be trusted. The more power they have the more dangerous they become. When you play with fire, you are going to get burned and that is why we as a people, need to continually be on guard against the abuse of power by our own government, at all levels. Benjamin Franklin once observed that those who seek political office, usually have a lust for power and an insatiable apatite for wealth.
By creating positions in government where a man can satisfy both desires, we have given unscrupulous men the power to rule and reign over us. Richard Maybury, a highly respected Libertarian spokesman explains in this short video link, Why Power Corrupts.
Most individuals are easily fooled by charismatic candidates and end up playing the game of "follow the leader" instead of taking individual responsibility for their own actions and be ready to accept the consequences. When a man listens to his conscience, he doesn't need someone else to tell him what to think and do. He can figure out freedom on his own.