We've got two sides to the downward spiral:
- Congress dumping military surplus equipment onto police departments, creating an increasingly militant civil law enforcement group;
- paranoid/delusional right-wing militants being goaded by neo-feudalist media moguls into obtaining their own para-military equipment;
- thus forcing law enforcement to upgrade in order to deal with the militias and vigilante wannabes;
- thus legitimizing the paranoid fantasies of the militia and vigilante wannabes against a "police state" (and ironically dragging the left-wingers in with non-delusional concerns about the same thing) thus ....