Most of them really seem sincere though. Can you be a statist and not realize it? From my observations the people in this group seem to think big government is just fine as long as "conservatives" are in control, unconstitutional laws are fine as long as they serve the "conservative" agenda. Truly puzzling.
It's not that puzzling.
A statist always thinks that political power is good when "in the right hands". They haven't yet figured out that once you give away political power, you aren't always going to be able to control whose hands it's in.
The more power you give your guy ("right hands"), the more likely he is to abuse it. And once your guy abuses/uses that power (in an unpopular way), there will often be a public backlash that throws your guy out and elects his opposite -- "their guy" ("wrong hands"). Now the power is in "the wrong hands", and when & if their guy uses/abuses that power, they'll throw him out and put another one of your guys in who'll use/abuse it again -- and so there is election after election, reactively bouncing back and forth between political users & abusers .
Instead of focusing on limiting the political power over us so that no politician can abuse us, we keep ping-ponging back & forth between "our guy" & "their guy", neither of which were ever in it for us to begin with -- they were in it for themselves and for their own personal use of our power.