There’s been a lot of talk in some political circles as to whether or not America is creeping toward a police state. Before we go any further with this discussion, it would be helpful to lay out a definition of what a police state is. Let’s define a police state as thus: A nation in which the police, especially a secret police, summarily suppresses any social, economic, or political act that conflicts with governmental policy. With that definition in mind, it might seem strange to equate the United States with a police state. When one thinks of a police state, one typically thinks of the USSR or China or Cuba, not America. However, to be fair, I said there are some who speak of whether or not America is creeping toward a police state. Inherent in that statement is the understanding that America is not quite yet a police state, but is exhibiting signs of approaching one.
Now it is not my intention to debate the pros and cons of such a position. I am neither informed enough nor qualified enough to debate whether or not America is approaching the qualities of a police state. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that America is indeed creeping toward a totalitarian police state. However, most of us live our lives without running foul of the authorities; therefore, we generally treat such stories as the fruit of conspiratorial minds.