Originally Posted by W*GS
It's more about a certain segment of people having far more paranoia regarding their government than even the Founders thought reasonable.
"but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights."
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 29.
Wagz' translation "Trust your government! They know best! (as long as my guy runs it)"
Death throes of the Roman Republic translation...
"Few men desire freedom, the greater part desire just masters."