Folks, I know I'm going overboard on this stuff, pretty much on a daily basis. Because it needs to be said. Do not trust the people who demand power over you for your own good. They don't have your best interests in mind. Ever.
Besides, the people demanding that you submit to their power aren't following their own rules, so why should you?
But perhaps the best evidence that this is all just a bit of political theater is seeing how our media and political class actually behave when they think no one is watching.
To steal a phrase from Instapundit, I'll believe it's a crisis when the people telling me it's a crisis begin to act like it's a crisis. And do read that entire link up above - it's comprehensive and well worth your time.