Re: One other thing that is a big concern...
"Obama at least made some small moves towards greater transparency and less surveillance."
He really, really didn't.
Obama's image as the Messiah of Hope and all-round nice guy is pretty much marketing - in fact, he won an award for it. A lot of those voters saw his campaign and actually bought into the Hope and Change stuff... only for Obama to turn out to be a standard-issue social democrat who's agenda was very much 'let's get back to business as usual ASAP'.
That's pretty much why Trump won. The Dems promised FDR2 and then gave the public Bill Clinton's third and fourth terms, immediately after the whole economic model Bill had built collapsed. The Republicans were even worse, of course; McCain and Romney both tried to offer G W Bush again and ran into a brick wall, and even in victory the party is ideologically adrift. Many of Trump's policies are absolutely at odds with the agenda of his own party in Congress - Ryan and McConnell are free-market, small government, open borders movement conservatives. Trump wants tariffs, immigration controls, a trillion-dollar infrastructure bill, and has pretty much just stuck a stake through William F Buckley Jnr's corpse.
Republicans may have a unified government at the moment, but they don't have a unified party.