Nothing is more wonderful than the art of freedom, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom. (Alexis de Tocqueville, 19th century French historian)
Americans are proud of their liberty, which was gained for them by the heavy price of war and the sacrifice of many who fought to gain and maintain it. We rejoice in our freedom, but we also have seen how it can be abused when everyone does what seems right to them, to use the biblical observation. (You can read the disastrous results in the Book of Judges.)
Everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).