The thing wrong with it is that it's fundamentally untrue. I literally cannot point to a single period of our history and say we had true freedom then. Censorship of the press, religious persecution, persecution by religious people, outright slavery building the country to the point of fighting a war over it, all kinds of fantastically tyrannical laws like the Anti Sedition act, soldiers gunning down American students on campuses, children gunning down other children at school, America is one long burning garbage can of a train wreck. Frankly it amazes me we somehow ended up being the one country with one of the oldest continual governments so to speak. Well, it is like the German said, although when you phrase the extremes as "developed first world liberal society jammed with the most backwards idiotic third world shithole" that is basically the upper midwest, northeast, and West cost vs the midwest and South which includes Texas. By far the most impressively fat stupid American stereotype is Dixie, which while Mississippi and Alabama are literally third world I think Florida may take the cake for ridiculousness. Although the penal system of Louisiana is so bad it might as well be some fucked up South American military dictatorship.
I am not even entirely sure why that is. The coasts have their own special picture of dystopian hells with police forces so corrupt you would think it a comedy routine, like cannibal cops or cops wilding shooting at the back windows of little Mexican women while hunting a giant black guy driving completely different looking vehicle who finally snapped and engaged in the storied American tradition of random people losing their shit and going on killing sprees. Even my police department is ridiculously corrupt, I mean cops clocking in to that job and another job then driving home and napping all day, cocaine rings within the force and getting blowjobs from teenage girls in the squad car while supposedly being a resource officer (resource officer is a supposedly an armed guard duty job for a cop who in reality is getting kids used to a police state. Same job as the cop who hid when, whichever the last school shooting happened, probably Florida?)
The thing that sucks is you grow up here and you want to believe in this country but every single day requires the most absurd mental gymnastics even if you're already enough of a complete fucking idiot to believe it. Sometimes it is a mystery to me how we even have a functional society, or close enough to one in most places afaik. The greediness, price gouging, lack of freedoms, corruption etc is pretty bad though. It often feels like the worst parts of South America and Europe with few if any of the good. If you took out guns as an argument and imagined that you will quickly start to realize what this place really is.