Seems we’re hard upon an election. I offer this in the spirit of democratic participation.
Both parties serve a Hobbesian State.
For both, that State is concentrated in one office. That office in turn has more and more been identified with the Man who wields its powers.
The conflict then isn’t about ‘small government’ versus ‘big government’. Those are insignificant ciphers that fog the mind. The conflict is rather about ‘balanced government’ versus the omnipresent and omnibenevolent State.
By the by, the use of the omnis is a tell – the State is of course the god of both parties. You might say that for the Democrats, the State is a rather Calvinist, while for the Republicans the State is Arminian.
It remains to be seen if there is any hope of dismantling the State. Hobbes, after all, has a strong spirit.