Well, it isn't any worse than the way modern American culture glorifies all kinds of debauchery in the name of exercising personal desires. Still a big part of what makes this country great, both in the eyes of most of its citizens and many others around the world is the freedom to express their views w/o fear of the govt putting them away and the opportunity to prosper in ways that you can't elsewhere in the world, or at least not as easily.
But do you think we would have just been given our freedom if we asked?
Of course not. Empires aren't run that way. Not to mention the fact that the majority of 18th century Americans weren't exactly chomping at the bit to leave, either.
Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.---Patton
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism.---Teddy Roosevelt
I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.---Groucho
And if you all get killed, I'll piss on your graves.---Shaman Urdnot
How would you like to own a little bit of my foot in your ass.---Red Foreman