Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This was the reason we started as a republic. The constitution and bill of rights was created to limit the power, and by allowing or sitting idly by while the government ignores or is allowed to modify these documents, they are allowed to grow in power and corruption.
I suppose the biggest event, and most recent would be the attempt to ban guns. Yes, it wasn't an actual attempt to outright ban guns, but to create new laws and ban certain guns. They do this under the guise of 'preventing gun violence'. The first problem is that, while no guns = no gun violence, it does not also mean no violence. When you realize that violence is not caused by owning a gun, you realize it doesn't prevent violence, only converts it from gun violence to physical violence.
I will also admit that, a lack of guns in the hands of criminals would reduce the potential for gun related death. That should be obvious. No guns to kill people = no gun deaths. Duh. But more importantly, guns can make it easier for those incapable of doing greater harm physically to do it with a gun. Even then, if nobody is willing or capable to stop someone wielding a knife, as has been demonstrate, a knife wielding psychopath can still inflict a lot of damage on people.
Last statement on guns, if they take them away from the citizens, the only people left with guns are the criminals (which include government of course).
I don't believe this is a direct result of government, but a natural order of tyranny, how our police forces have taken it upon themselves to police everything they possibly can, going as far as preventing kids from playing in the street (which could be understandable on very busy streets, but that would be very bad parenting). And yes, a mother was arrested for her kids playing in a cul-de-sac. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/tammy-cooper-texas-mom-arrested-kids-unsupervised-video_n_1900113.html
Social welfare. This is perhaps the core of what I think is the fall of America. This is what creates sheeple who vote for and allow the government to do whatever it wants. Those who can vote to be given things, WILL vote to be given things. It's not about who has the best interests for America. It's not about who will help create jobs or improve America. It's about who is going to give me things. That is how tyranny makes it into power. They promise to take away from those who have, to give to those who don't. If you're a parent or have a brain, you know that when you will just give a child what they want without needing to work for it, they won't work for it.
What's happening with welfare and during bad economic times, is a lot of people end up on one of the many government social welfare programs. Those who once were willing to work for what they have soon learn and become comfortable simply staying on the government teat. What's more unfortunate about this is, companies do not want to hire people who have been living on unemployment or have not been employed after a certain amount of time. While there are some reasons I can understand that, it also forces those people to stay on social welfare programs, not because they want to, but because they have no other choice.
What I don't think most people really consider or even think about when it comes to these social welfare programs or anything the government does is this: It does not use it's own money because it has none of it's own. All of the money government spends is first taken from YOU! Assuming you're working and paying taxes that is. Every last penny the government spends came from you. So when the government sends that welfare check to the bum that simply doesn't want to work, they are sending them you're money. When the government somehow spends $1000 on a toilet seat...that's you're money buying a toilet seat.
There is a total lack of personal responsibility. Nobody is allowed to be responsible for themselves. Slowly, this allows the government to take over responsibility, and power, over everyone. Hitler didn't rise to power saying he is going to be the best dictator and take over the world. He rose to power on good intentions and "helping" people.
When you can start comparing what America is doing to what other fascist, dictatorships, and tyrannical governments have done just maybe that's a sign of where we are headed. To deny that is to be a sheeple that simple follows and believes everything their government overlords tell them. The idea that just because one country or people did something and it turned out bad doesn't mean America doing it will turn out bad...is a very bad idea. Trial and error for tyranny to create utopia is just a bad idea.
There are two kinds of people in America...
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted.Those who realize how bad and tyrannical that speech is, and those who believe every word. If you're the latter, I've got bad news for you.
We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems. We shouldn't want to. But we don't think the government is the source of all our problems, either. Because we understand that this democracy is ours. And as citizens, we understand that it's not about what America can do for us, it's about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. And class of 2013, you have to be involved in that process.
Some fun reading... http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/pages/obama/obama-and-hitler-similarities.htm