-- Republicans have a negative view of human nature. --
Indeed? Because the underlying premise for the existence of the State, as Progressives and leftists argue, is that man cannot rule itself, precisely because we're all just a bunch of barbarians that need wise overseers as controllers.
So unless you tell me that you believe man is not a barbarian and thus can control himself - making the State redundant - then you should look at yourself first before you engage in calling the kettle black.