I think they are pushing buttons until we make the first move. That way the killing would be justified. You see how they demonize patriotism; how conservatives are portrayed, we must become evil so they can be perceived as good...No, they won't come gunning for us. They want us to reach tipping point, they want us to shoot first.
Ann Barnhardt was going off in one of her latest podcasts on the need for real action - riots in the streets, clashes with police and so on-- lamenting that we are not rebelling like the Ukraine is against Putin's puppet govt there. However, there is a huge difference - if those in the Ukraine just wait, nothing much is likely to change in Putin's situation. That is not true of our Tyrants. Celente is betting on a complete fiat collapse in 2nd-3rd Quarter of 2014 ( and has been for a while now) and I think that is entirely plausible. Others place that date as far out as 2018. They disagree on the form of the destroyed - Hyper inflation, deflation via Tapering/Bond rates, war, etc but SOMETHING will happen, suddenly or slowly over the next decade that will reduce America to 3rd world living standards, and the dollar to near irrelevance.
To KittenClaws point, we are tactically better off waiting to resist - it allows us to continue to prep in a quasi-stable but ever worsening environment, and it keeps the ball firmly in the Tyrant's court. If they desire to retain control, they will need the police state in place before this decline/collapse occurs. If they move to take the guns we fight. If not, we can wait till their ability to control us is defunded by reality. They will continue to issue orders of course, but without money to pay enforcers, they will simply become a joke.
If they were willing to move into wholesale slaughter - of the Chemical or Bioweapons kind, it begs the question -"Why haven't they already done it? What are they waiting for?" - Even if the intent was to impose martial law - they could have cut off the EBTs and just let the resulting riot give them the excuse. They have not yet pulled a trigger - either to stage a false flag tea Party attack, nor to get the non-contributing zeros out demanding their "fair share" with violence.
They are definitely preparing for something: Drills in urban areas, practice targets of citizens, litmus tests and purges of the Military personnel form the top down, purchases of billions of rounds of hollow point, Armed Swat teams in the Education dept, MRAPS and other military gear being pre-positioned with local police, targeting vets for PTSD and disarm them, border checkpoints and illegal stops 100 miles form any border. .. . )
I have also noticed that the probing they have done seems to be located in certain cities. ( Experimental Martial Law in Boston, Mandatory innoculation orders in Mass and now in New York)
The comments the leftists made when Northern Colorado Counties were considering leaving the State of Colorado, indicated that many feel that the rural areas depend upon cities.. that without the State Tax revenue collected there wouldn't be enough tax dollars in a rural area to fix roads, pay for police or fire depts, etc - So the leftists in charge may have similar vies and may be simply thinking they will grasp and control the metro areas in Boston, New York, DC , Chicago, and simply leave the rural areas to rot. (no that won't work, but they may not see it in their arrogance)
The question is if they are cognizant and have a plan or if they are blindly just kicking the can and, like us, just milking the system till its gone. If there is a plan, how much of that planning is incoherent and bound to be disastrous because of their hubris?
Was the Obamacare roll out deliberately poor to create a crisis ( never let a crises go to waste!) or was it due to their supreme confidence in their own (in)ability?
The goals of such planning are also not obvious. It could be they are simply willing to destroy all of America and leave it to rot in a civil war, not caring who, what or if anything ever controls it again - and that is I think the most likely scenario given their actions - with perhaps a smaller plan to build a fiefdom in New England Area under martial law, and cutting their losses in flyover territory.
Or maybe they really think they can hold the whole thing together and rule with an iron fist. . Its hard to say. Many different actors with many different motives, each playing games to manipulate others into advancing their plans is the answer I suspect. I have no doubt that many of those actors, if given the power and means, would order each and every conservative in the country re-educated or killed. Some may realize the difficulty of that given the 2nd amendment, but others, with more hubris, may not, and they are the ones more likely to give it a go.