We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
> "What sane human would want State power over a fellow citizen?"
Someone who is consumed by envy, every waking moment, of what that fellow citizen has. The Left is driven almost wholly by envy: envy of money, or fame, or respect, or possessions, or "status" (whatever that may be).
i'm PO'd too --the very idea --maybe a third of the population, with only a small fraction of THAT really understanding what they're doing --comPLETLY undoing the 230 years of sacrifice, blood, energy, work --the warp and woof --of the lives of FAR better men and women than they. I tell ya, it's wrong, wrong, WRONG.
Corrupt movers and shakers, but only when it benefits them. It's easy for those with the means to use alinsky-ish and other high tech and psychological methods to persuade those "consumed with envy" (actually, the unlucky, the unfortunate, the unconnected, the unblessed...) that they alone possess The Solution For All.
Robert A. Heinlein probably gave as good an answer as any to this question:
"Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort."
I don't agree with the idealist angle, because it dismisses the underlying venal impulses of control freaks. See H.L. Mencken for appropriately cynical observations on that score.