Republicans and conservative Americans are still fighting Big Government in its welfare state form. Apparently, they have never heard of the militarized police state form of Big Government, or, if they have, they are comfortable with it and have no objection. Republicans, including those in the House and Senate, are content for big government to initiate wars without a declaration of war or even Congress’ assent, and to murder with drones citizens of countries with which Washington is not at war. Republicans do not mind that federal “security” agencies spy on American citizens without warrants and record every email, Internet site visited, Facebook posting, cell phone call, and credit card purchase. Republicans in Congress even voted to fund the massive structure in Utah in which this information is stored. But heaven forbid that big government should do anything for a poor person. < snip > Conservatives accept the monstrous police state that has been erected, because they think it makes them safe from “Muslim terrorism.” They haven’t the wits to see that they are now open to terrorism by the government. CONTINUE . . . That's not to say liberals are any better. Haven't they given up their own long held beliefs and ideals to become defenders of the militarized police state they once vigorously protested against? Like I was saying in another thread, republicans and democrats are all about CONTROL. The idea of individual liberty scares the pants off them all. The only thing that scares them more than individual liberty is the "other side" having all the CONTROL for themselves. Under Obama liberals have come to be just as comfortable with the militarized police state form of Big Government as the conservatives have always been. The only thing conservatives and liberals have to argue about these days is which party should be in charge of turning our freedom into slavery.