The Founders of the United States of America led relatively simple lives. They had just thrown off the shackles of a tyrannical monarch and had chosen to govern themselves.
They hardly envisioned that an Industrial Revolution would commence 100 years hence in which great fortunes would be accumulated by relatively few individuals. They also hardly envisioned that those newly-wealthy industrialists would conspire with other wealthy individuals (royalty, banking families, etc.) to try to overthrown their system of freedom and self-determination and try to return the world to one that they controlled.
I believe that that is what has been slowly and incrementally progressing for approximately the last 100 years.