It has been said that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. So, who would seek absolute power?
How about a dedicated narcissist? The federal government's medical complex and military use DSM IV guidelines for all manner of physical and mental issues. Here are some attributes of person suffering from the grandiose illusions associated with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) according to DSM IV descriptions:
Narcissistic Personality Disorder -- DSM IV Criteria
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
(1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
(2) is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
(3) believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
(4) requires excessive admiration
(5) has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
(6) is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
(7) lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
(8) is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
(9) shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
Mussolini, Hitler, Hugo Chavez are just a couple of names that crop up in discussion of NPD. Would any past or present U.S. leaders show at least five of the above attributes on a prolonged basis?