In Classical America, I would say from 1800 to 1900, the average person had unprecedented freedom to do as he wished and make his own life. Even in my father’s time, say 1950, he could ignore Washington and its minions with no detriment to his life.
Ordinary people loved America and the elite hated America.
Obviously the “elite” did not like this arrangement. Ordinary people are inferior. The elite called them racist to better discredit them. So the elite worked tirelessly to reduce the freedoms of ordinary people and increase the power of themselves.
Who are the elite? The members of Congress, teachers at colleges, executives and personalities at major media, newspaper people at the New York Times and Washington Post, people at NGO’s, high ranking FBI and CIA bureaucrats, movie stars, the leadership of many private corporations.
Not elite: rank and file military, union members, working stiffs, religious people, middle management, franchise owners, car dealer owners, small businessmen, service employees, real estate agents, supermarket cashiers.