Judge Andrew Napolitano on Tuesday warned that America is becoming "dangerously close to a police state."
"The definition of a police state is when the government's prime concern is for its own safety, not for the lives, liberty and property of the people it has sworn to protect," Napolitano said on The Glenn Beck Program. "That is a very, very dangerous place in which to be."
According to Napolitano, America is becoming more of a police state because of the "over-militarization of the police -- which occurred in the last 12 years under the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama," but also because of entrenched bureaucracy.
"When ... the bureaucracy remains the same no matter who the president is, no matter who the governor is, no matter who the mayor is, and when the attitude on the part of those unseen people in the government is, 'Our job is to keep ourselves in power,' then we have lost control," Napolitano remarked.
"When the first rule of government is for government to look out for itself, it is no longer the servant. It is the master," Napolitano added. "Are we there? No. Can we see that in your lifetime and mine? Perhaps."
Napolitano, whose new book Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Assault on Civil Liberties was recently released, said that in some ways, it doesn't matter whether Democrats or Republicans are in control. As long as the leadership of both parties agrees on the "transcendental issues of our era," America will proceed on the same path.
"They agree that our freedoms do not come from God or our humanity. They come from the government," Napolitano asserted. "They also agree that we should be in a state of perpetual war because war is the health of the state. And [they believe in] perpetual debt, because we don't want to pay our bills today when we can push them off until tomorrow."
Napolitano said the only thing that will prevent America from continuing "to go down and down and down" is electing a real "force" for change, like Ky. Sen. Rand Paul or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
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