Be careful when you fall into the ends justify the means scenarios. It tends to lead towards more power and more headaches. Around here there are certain areas that can no longer put in traditional in the ground septic tanks, but are forced in 10s of thousands of dollars above ground systems, can't cut down trees on their own property, can't move/remove rock walls from their property, etc, etc all because the environmentalist have acquired so much power.
Do you mean like the Patriot Act? Like giving billions of our dollars in bailouts to banks? Like torturing other human beings? You can make that argument anywhere. Are some laws/statutes/ordinances over the top? Absolutely. Is the responsibility for enacting such legislation confined to tree hugging liberals? Absolutely not.