Once upon a time, most Americans could recognize secular power-groups with a desire to dominate and control. They were often called, perhaps inaccurately, commies and nazis.
Today, more and more, I see churchians who see the police-state as their patriotic protector, in the same place and at the same time where I see encroachments and looming shadows of oncoming tyranny.
Whatever the outcome of this situation may be, Chase Madar (from the website, Tom Dispatch) has weighed in with his own views about the criminalization of everyday life in America. I think that he is not overstating the problem.