Just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean you are not a target.
With each passing day, I feel more like a target, and less like a citizen. Citizens have a say in how they are governed. Citizens have a responsibility to pay for the infrastructure which supports us all, but they have a right to keep what they have earned beyond that. Citizens have the freedom to raise their children in accordance with Biblical principles and pass those along to their grandchildren as well. Citizens have the right to self-defense. Targets just have to stay alert.
Along with Rip Van Winkle, I must have been asleep when socialism became the new normal.
The government no longer treats me as a citizen, but as a drone which must do the bidding of the state.
The government no longer treats me as a citizen, but as a piggy bank from which they can steal funds any time they need a few extra dollars to buy votes with.
The government no longer treats me as a citizen, but as a misguided fool, clinging to my “Bible and guns” and on the verge of ruining my children. Therefore they must step in and indoctrinate them with a new religion: in which the creator is evolutionary chance; the sacrament is abortion; and the priests are the ruling class.
The government no longer treats me as a citizen, since citizens might rise up and demand changes, but removes my right to self-defense by removing my right to be armed. Instead I’m instructed to trust “their” police and armed forces to protect me.
Am I paranoid? Maybe.
But just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean you are not a target.