This is where we are headed if we don't stop and turn it around. The drug war, the nanny state, and the security state all lead to more government power and less personal freedom. The foundation of the police state has been laid and the superstructure is now under construction in America. Unfortunately most Americans are oblivious and even worse, supportive of the construction.
They keep on turning out for politicians like Hillary Clinton, John McCain and yes, Barack Obama. Their styles may differ, their emphasis may differ but they all support increasing the size and the power of the government. As the government gets more powerful, the individual is weakened.
Real ID, internal checkpoints, ID required to fly, eavesdropping without a warrant, no knock raids and on and on. All are hallmarks of a police state, yet most Americans don't care or actually support these measures.
"Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." - Frederick Douglass