I find it very interesting to read this thread, having just read another from last week in which the U.S. was decried as a "police state." One poster in that other thread noted courageously that, oh well, others had survived the communists and the Nazis.

Take your pick: Germany under the Nazis, the USSR under the communists, Afghanistan under the taliban, or the U.S., where police officers occasionally do stupid things. To compare our current state to those others is, in my opinion, tremendously disrespectful to those who have truly suffered.

A little perspective--and scale--go a long way.