All of this isn't about protecting "America" or Americans from anything,... it's about protecting the "Bad Guys" (those that just won't leave us alone) from us.
The more I try to remove myself from the minutia of the 'Police State' and their ways, the more I am able to _feel_ the long term effects from our perspective ( Got Chic Chic Chickens? :). But I can only imagine what their goals are for each of us. Everything points to our 'just going away' as a solution to all of their perceived problems. 'Freedom is Not the Answer to any of their Questions'.
It is much easier to avoid all of the expected obligations/entitlements promised to 'The People' if the people just went away,... metaphorically and/or literally. When we look back 20 years from now we might think that 'conspirists' like Alex Jones were too conservative in their predictions about desires to 'thin the herd'.
The local 'rubber meets the road' thugs are just mercenary pawns in a much larger effort being viewed from a lot farther away. The parallels throughout history are too obvious to think that there isn't some 'destructive character trait' or 'playbook' for powerful people and organizations that is playing out right in front of us.
I am of the opinion that we are best served by not using force. If people anywhere start becoming violent I suspect that they are unlikely to know who/what the real sources of their problems are, or what solution is to be sought with the violence. The longer we are peaceful, the clearer the enemy is identified. I'm certain there is some "Art of War" quote that promotes 'Knowing who/what the hell you are suppose to be fighting and why'.
The biggest threat to those that 'Just won't leave us alone' is a general understanding by any populace that the only justifiable existence of any government, that can benefit from individual financial/emotional support of being 'governed', is to make sure that we as individuals are left alone to peacefully pursue our own happiness without violating the pursuit of happiness of another.
"There are those that just want to be left alone,... and there are those that just won't leave them alone". And the longer we can keep this revolution peaceful, the easier it will be to determine which sides of this line each of us are.
What is coming is already destined by history, circumstances, math and momentum. How we react to the financial collapse (and all that comes with that) will determine our future. Education is the most important thing now. There will likely be physical resistance to collective force, but I suspect that it will be on an individual basis long after our society has woken up to a Jackboot on its throat.
Knowledge is the first step to resistance.
"In the end Freedom Always Wins,... It just gets really messy first".