Distinctions and assumptions:
'The government' is not America. Criticisms of the government are not criticisms of America. America the country refers to the people, their character, culture and values. The People are distinct from the government. At the core, there is no distinction between governments, all distinctions between them are a matter of degree and form. The fundamental nature of all institutional governments is to control people through use of force and threats of force; coercion. Libertarians use the term state to refer to institutional governments. No one ”controls“ the government. Among the values that have made America (the country) great are: freedom, individualism, the voluntary community, productivity, and limited government. Collectivist fads of the past century motivated people to seek the removal of many limits on government. Unlimited government threatens the values that helped make America great. We, the people, are ultimately responsible for the expressions of government. Obedience is a value of fascist societies not of free societies. Freedom and democracy are two different things. Free markets are essential to human freedom. The majority can be as terrible a tyrant as the despot.
I am aware that these distinctions will raise questions and objections, that is part of my purpose in stating them. This is not the entire list; I don’t even know how long such a list would be, but it’s a fair starting place.