There are different definitions of socialism and different theories of socialism, but this is a pretty decent and basic one:
"A political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole."
You should take particular note of the part "community as a whole". That means the individual people, not the state. In Marx's vision of communism, there is no state at all, which is the COMPLETE opposite of your given definition.
Why do people embrace it? Ever read the Constitution? "We the people..." is as socialistic a statement as one could make. The entire spirit of our country and what you seem to desire is the very heart of socialism.
What you describe is totalitarianism, not socialism, and very few people embrace that.