You bring up a good point about state power. Who controls it? Politicians and bureaucrats. We, as voters, can only elect the former. But our choices are limited. Many argue that politicians don’t represent the interests of the people because they are financed by powerful interest groups and ultra-wealthy individuals. And sometimes like when Trump was elected, you have one of these individuals actually running as politicians, representing themselves.
As U.S. President, Trump is the state. The office of the president wields tremendous power. He appoints the department heads and has a monopoly over foreign affairs and trade.
I don’t know what is the alternative. Democratic politics is divisive, creating winners and losers. Our politicians are compromised.