Being a member of the "baby boomer" generation which once coined the phrase: “Don't trust anyone over 30" it's been quite awhile since I've placed full faith in the government regardless of political party.
Although I'm far from being a "conspiracy theorist" the longer one lives the more they realize they have to depend on themselves and not get too caught up with "choosing sides".
You study about the JFK assassination and the "single bullet", WMDs in Iraq, Erased Watergate tapes, the manufactured oil crisis of the 70s on up through the VA hospital scandal and it's abundantly obvious no one should believe (everything) they hear, read, or see in the media concerning our government's actions or the motivation for their actions. Corruption and greed have (always) existed!
I was actually surprised at how many people were "shocked" when it was announced the NSA had been spying on citizens as well as allied nations. Every industrialized nation does it!
We're on camera for the most part whenever we step out of the house. Granted the government is not going to waste a lot of time going after every little infraction someone does but if they think it's warranted they can use satellites, facial recognition software, and a host of other surveillance tools to capture anyone considered to be a threat.
Having said that I don't lie awake at night worrying about things I have no control over. I also do not buy into belief that one political party is altruistic and the other is pure evil. It's two sides of the same coin!
All anyone can really do is hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. When get right down to it the only person you can control is yourself. It's enough of a challenge to run one's own household and look after the community they live in.