And when anyone challenges the government's ham-fisted ways, they get threats in return.
Few doubt what Attorney General Eric Holder meant recently when he angrily responded to pointed questions from Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas before the House Judiciary Committee. At one point Holder said, "You don't want to go there, Buddy. You don't want to go there, OK?" Was this a threat from the nation's "chief cop"?
Holder reflects an entire administration that is filled with arrogant bullies who are constantly spoiling for a fight.
Many of us have ignored media stories about various federal or local government agencies recently receiving huge amounts of ammunition or gear that would most likely be used to control large crowds made up of so-called "angry mobs." Then came the reports about the folks in Nevada who were threatened with brute force by agents seeking to round up a rancher's cattle they say were trespassing on federal land.
In past years such stories of procurement of weapons or ammunition by government bureaucracies would be written off as an effort to find conspiracies where none existed. But when even the Postal Service is stocking up on bullets, one has to wonder.
And when Americans learn that powerful Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's son might have a vested interest in that very same land at issue in Nevada, it only adds to their belief that their government is one in which the politically elite take what they want, and with a newfound blatant use of force.
Sadly, the Obama years are swiftly becoming ones not of promised government transparency and opportunity for all, but instead a time of obfuscation, threats, class warfare and fear of authority. His administration's actions increasingly have taken on the muted attributes of governments, indeed regimes, from ugly times in post-World War I history.
But we don't want to go there, do we, Buddy?