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.
Read "Three Felonies A Day" by Harvey Silverglate, if you want your blood pressure to rise.
I myself am facing federal criminal charges. My mistake- not realizing the risk I was running by spending 28 yrs supplying DOD with military spare parts, made in my vast military industrial complex of 10 employees.
90% end in a plea deal. 95% that go to trial are won by Feds. I'm going to trial, by jury.
In light of that, this is trivial, but you've got to keep laughing. Yesteday the fire dept came by to make sure my welding permit was up to date. It is (though I no longer employ welders, machinist, or, anybody). The fireman informed me that I'm now required to have a propane tank permit, for my forklift.
Those who love government seem to do so for one or a combination of a very few reasons.
One reason is because the government gives them something valuable to them - money, cheese, employment, etc.
A second reason is because they want government to control other people - must generally be those they disagree with since government seems unwilling to control illegal aliens, inner city gangsters, corrupt politicians or unions, etc.
Yet another reason, and I suppose it could be virtually the same as the second reason, is because they can "feel good" about themselves knowing that The Government is "doing something" about things they consider evil, like "poverty", "pollution", etc.
The last one that comes to mind quickly is that they were raised to love government - sort of like sports team affiliation. Mom and dad loved government therefore they must. Mom and dad rooted for the loathsome Red Sox or Patriots, therefore they must. That sort of thing. This is particularly strong among union families.
I rarely get anything but a perplexed look when I ask people why they want more government. They sputter about something or other and how "at least something is being done!" and it matters not the slightest how ineffective or inefficient let alone whether or not "doing something" is a good idea in the first place.
"Do you have the right to tell me how to live, or how to spend my money?"
This will, invariably, get a response of "No."
I then ask "Can you do this if 10 people agree with you?"
Usually followed by "No."
"Why, then, do you have the right to make me do what you want and spend the way you want if you get 50.1% of the population to agree with you? Does some magic occur with the numbers that suddenly makes you justified?"
Of course, the same spluttering occurs as they try to justify their unjustifiable position that government has some special powers invested in the "will of the people."
I will then ask "Do you support minority rights?"
Always, ALWAYS "YES!"
"Why then, if the government is the will of the people, does it suppress the rights of the minority of one person?"
As the Jay, Hamilton, and Madison wrote in The Federalist Papers, the role of government is meant to prevent tyranny of the majority - or the subjugation of the individual.
Checks and balances play a role in avoiding this outcome, among many other special rules which originally sought to help manage this libertarian environment they proposed.
They were wise men - much wiser than those who followed and sought to destroy what they created.
The real risk is if they get hurt or do damage to others while in your employ. There goes your homeowner's insurance. Or you might, depending on the judge's mood, make the argument they were contractors, although unlicensed and uninsured contractors...