It's always strange to hear Americans talk about their government like it's an entity removed from themselves.
Most of us here in Scandinavia trust the government. We think it's on our side, against the drawbacks of capitalism.
We see that businesses are excellent at providing goods and services, but also that that's a by-product of their primary purpose: making money.
Left unchecked, businesses will do bad things to maximize profit.
Not because we, their owners, are evil capitalists, or that we, their employees, are without conscience.
It's just the way that humans - and by extension businesses, our most perfectly egoistic creations - work.
I don't mean to troll, but this is what I experience:
I hear your arguments against a strong government, and most of them don't make sense to me.
I see private citizens open their mouths, and out come the words of business representatives. It's like some darn spooky ventriloquism trick.
You identify yourselves with businesses and not with your government.
Truly, to me many Americans seem indoctrinated to mistrust and want to minimize their government (i.e. their own power, as I see it).
It's the only way I can make sense of it.