This country was made great by holding to the standards of freedom and justice,
They teach you that in grade school? Where was the freedom and justice for the natives, or the slaves, or the women, or the non-Protestants? Where was freedom for the interned Japanese, or justice for people accused of Communism during the red scare? Where was the freedom and justice for all the South Americans and Middle Easterners, as they were ruled by our blood-thirsty puppets?
Fuck, was there ever even a single ten year period in which this country "held to the standards of freedom and justice"?
No. There never was. This country is great because it was founded by people who could easily slaughter their only nearby opponents. It's great because after slaughtering the natives, there were ample resources to go around. It's great because our ancestors were immoral enough to build an economy on the backs of slaves, and later on the backs of immigrants who worked themselves to death in hopes of attaining a wealth that none would ever see. It's great because we were left nearly untouched while the rest of the developed world was bombed to ash during WWII. It's great by accident.
Don't blame the NSA for ruining the Land of the Free. That place never existed outside of storybooks. Reality has always been a lot messier, you're just noticing it for the first time.