Yes. I would be in favor of a Governmental style where Rights were considerably restricted and instead replaced with Privileges which would be EARNED by the Populace rather than simply granted as a factor of being fortunate enough to be born inside this country.
Then, Tigger, our Founders were wrong in treating the people as adults ?
Maybe they were more responsible back in your day ??
I am leaning to be agreeable with you, but the ways things are now is so-so to OK.
Who would be that insane to vote YES ?
By the way, (though I do not think America is near a police state) if you think that the governments powers have not significantly grown over the past dozen or so years, then you are blind to the obvious.
The state can now tap your phones for little reason, legally assasinate you whenever they see fit and throw you in jail almost indefinitely without charge...all since 9/11.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
The thing about our present government that I find most troublesome is the fact that they violate the constitution, international treaties, etc., and they are never held accountable. They pass laws that are so blatantly wrong, like the FDA, for example, is just way out of control. If you thought the FDA was really only there to make sure the medical industry stays highly profitable, and you were worried that because of this you would be labeled a conspiracy theorist, well you no longer need to worry because today they have made it so obvious by raiding companies that sell herbs and natural remedies. Such raids are so grotesquely wrong and illegal. yet nothing ever happens to them.
Anytime a cure (even cancer) appears in a medical journal, they go and "bust" the doctor and do everything they can to suppress the cure.
So, I guess the short answer would be a government that honors the constitution and does not conspire with the medical establishment to suppress cures, goes to war only when absolutely necessary, worries only about building this nation, and for God's sake, one that doesn't obstruct justice by blocking investigations (by executive order) of things like 911 and the Colorado theater shootings. Blocking investigations like that doesn't look good for them.