Wrong. We are a nation that was created for personal liberty. Individual Freedom, that's why we were created.
#10 | Posted by boaz
Individual Freedom as long as it "does not pick my pockets or break my bones".
Long before Emma Lazarus wrote about the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, George Washington noted that for "the poor, the needy, & the oppressed of the Earth," America was already what he called "the second Land of promise." This Promised Land offered, said James Madison, "an Asylum to the persecuted and oppressed of every Nation and Religion."
The Founders believed that the purpose of government was to protect life, liberty, and property from what they called the depravity of human nature(see Donald J Trump) -- from man's innate capacity to do the kinds of violence that slave-owners, to take just one example, did every day.
"Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. In one in which the measures of government receive their impressions so immediately from the sense of the community as in ours it is proportionably essential.
To the security of a free constitution it contributes in various ways by convincing those who are intrusted with the public administration that every valuable end of government is best answered by the enlightened confidence of the people, and by teaching the people themselves to know and to value their own rights; to discern and provide against invasions of them; to distinguish between oppression and the necessary exercise of lawful authority; between burthens proceeding from a disregard to their convenience and those resulting from the inevitable exigencies of society; to discriminate the spirit of liberty from that of licentiousness cherishing the first, avoiding the last and uniting a speedy but temperate vigilance against encroachments, with an inviolable respect to the laws."
Annual Message to Congress, January 8, 1790
by George Washington