Actually Popeye (Navy); most of the military vets I've spoken with hate the status quo. They were not thrilled with the Bush policies and are not thrilled with the Obama policies. Usually what I get is "We are the aggressors, and nobody can explain why and what we're doing in this God forbidden hell hole."
I feel like a lot of people tout that "support the troops" slogan, but there needs to be a new one: "Listen to the troops."
People will wildly go around claiming they support them, but when they speak their minds and it goes against something you believed to be true...well suddenly they are just insubordinate and not worthy of an opinion.
For this police state claim:
We're not there, but we're walking the path towards it.
Police states are usually created by governments who always have to have some sort of enemy. A boogieman (or in our case terrorist) is hiding under all our beds and the government has to make laws for your protection. The last three words in the previous sentence should set off red flags; "for your protection."
Well, there is a quote in my signature that has been used countless times, but it has merit. In a free society, we should always be wary of the government making any laws for our own safety. Why? Freedom is not safe. It never has been and it never will be. Freedom is risky. Freedom is dangerous especially to those that seek unlimited power.
I think the one freedom that we need to look at is the rights of due process/habeaus corpus which are suspended if you are even thought to be an enemy combatant. That sets precedent which allows this government, or a future one to round up citizens and detain them indefinitely. That comes straight out of the book of totalitarianism.
The 2nd amendment issue is a smokescreen to me. They are not to the point of rounding up your weapons. They want to get your attention away from the other measures taken.
The paranoia of the post 9/11 American public led to power hungry bureaucrats to take control. They are still in control to this day and forget about what political party they belong to. That is of no relevance because both have them.