Remember the computer "Hal," in Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001? After becoming self-aware, Hal abandoned its mission of service for that of self-preservation.
The same thing is happening in government today. Traditional principles such as "public service" and "fiduciary duty" are evaporating as government officials become aware that they can ignore the law and pursue their own agendas without fear of consequences.
We, the people, have to hold them responsible. If you have had enough, think about joining the 100,000 Challenge. You can send a message, you can send it now, and it will be effective.