Obama voted for the revised patriot act, and if you believe it was just the republicans pushing us towards a police state you're sadly mistaken. Democrats and republicans are two sides of the same coin, when americans wake up and realize this we will be better off. Until then corporate greed and imperialism will remain the order of the day.
Where are your facts? You keep using the same buzzwords, the same key repeated phrases you hear everywhere about "the government", but I'm not convinced that you have anything more than conspiracy theory-type claims to wildly throw out. People say "the government" as a catch-all for someone to blame without actually understanding that the government protects us from itself every single day while providing us with services that allow us to maintain our very standard of living. As if "the government" is a one-minded entity, one singular unit.
Do you realize that in order for that many people to be in on this, not only would we have to rig elections, we would have to specifically seek out people who all want the same agenda -- and they would be theoretically competing against other people who want the same agenda ("total power") -- and those who lose and don't get elected, what of them? Why don't they go inform the world of the government's super-evil agenda? Not only this, but these people with the same agenda would have to not
change their minds about it at any time. All of them. If even one person grows a conscience and decides they don't think it's right, the government would effectively have to off them to keep their ~*big secret*~ under wraps.
Aren't you giving the government just a little
too much credit? All that and it still doesn't explain why our elected officials make choices to speak out and vote against expanding surveillance. How do you rationalize that?
And you, how do you explain your own job monitoring tapes? How do you explain them letting you, an average civilian, in on their evil, expansive national domination plans? And if you're exposing some big secret that you learned on the job, why haven't you been taken out for it? Your very existence disproves the idea that somehow watching tapes of people doing things in public will turn you into a power-hungry Gollum. Your very existence disproves that there's some super-huge secret that we're all missing out on. If the government has the power and efficiency to selectively rig officials into power and keep them all quiet, what's stopping them from shutting you up? It would be very foolish to let the public in on this great, secret knowledge you so fortunately and uniquely possess.
You don't have to put all your faith in the government, but if you they're so horrendous and if we're inevitably doomed to a police state because of some unsupported fringe theory, you should probably stop driving on roads, eating food, drinking water, using any kind of pharmaceuticals, you should not send your kids to public schools, you shouldn't rely on police or fire help when you're in trouble, hell, you shouldn't even be on the internet. These are all things that are run (and in the case of the internet, was started by) by the government. I'd start folding my tin foil hat now, you never know who might be listening. Maybe I'm a secret government official here to reassure everyone that everything is okay. Guess you can't trust anyone now!