But if people are genuinely afraid of the consequences of a simple election, isn't that a sure sign that the government has too much power?
Obviously. Though some who self-identify as leftists might not have come around to that realization yet.
In my experience, those on the left are just fine with having too much power concentrated in government because they think the use of that power will always be to their benefit.
I want to remove much of the power accessible to both the right and the left, because power is inevitably abused no matter who wields it.
Enormous power begets enormous abuse. There will still be abuses under governments with limited power, but the damage and the abuse will be equally limited.
The same thing happens with corruption. Large government = large amounts of corruption. Small government at least limits the opportunities for corruption that fallible human beings find irresistible.