This country is pretty frickin' sweet, that's for sure. For my two cents, I go along with a sappy movie:
“Everybody knows American isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating, at the top of his lungs, that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free, then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest." Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.”
---The American President
At any rate, why not celebrate your own freedom of academic thought by submitting to the First (And Likely Last) Annual Patterson Absurd Anti-American Video Awards? (And you thought I couldn't make a segue like that!) All you do is nominate the most preposterous, inane, over-the-top, or otherwise interesting anti-US video you’ve found during your studies.