Oh yes they would! And further--throughout history they always have and always will. Only a bare minimum of systems of rule have ever been what most would considered enlightened. The vast majority sooner or later succumb to horrible corruption and tyranny before self destructing.
This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it's the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover.
The founding fathers knew what they were talking about! Why do you think they say "if you don't know history then you are doomed to repeat it"? Think about what all those old saying mean! They were gifts from out ancestors!! History DOES repeat itself but an educated patriot can keep a watchful eye on his republic and protect it, Many will try to corrupt and steal it!!
Born 210 Years Ago, Tocqueville Predicted the Tyranny of the Majority in Our Modern World http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/29/born-225-years-ago-tocqueville-predicted-the-tyranny-of-the-majority-in-our-modern-world/