In fact, that is EXACTLY what “progressive” means: you “progress” toward totalitarianism a little bit at a time until — eventually — Americans wake up and find they live in a police State where martial law has been declared because “bad people are doing bad stuff:”
It doesn’t matter WHY the authorities say they need to do this, what matters is that this is not how a free and self-governing people live.
They get away with this stuff because we refuse to push back. We don’t push back — mostly — because we’re just plain scared. And as long as we cower in our corners, they will continue to “progress” toward tighter and tighter control of your life until — one day — you’ll find it is too late for any of us to fight back.