To answer the OP:
1. The gun in the hands of the people prevents would be tyrants from oppressing us.
2. 45-50 hours of work per week is the mid range as we are hard working people. We are also those with the highest standard of living per total
population. Take Europe for example, they are mostly entitlement minded and oppressed by their governments. They cannot have guns either. They're not
really free at all. From this side of the pond to us they seem like they hate to work but love to live off of those few that do.
3. Free enterprise is valued here not despised. We don't hate the wealthy, we aspire to be wealthy. We can be all that we want to, IF, we are willing
to work hard for it.
I've answered but a few of the American bashing points, so I hope that helps you.
1. Up to certain point I do agree, although if we take a look on advanced countries, where citizens have lots of guns or don´t, generally speaking at
least currently, there are no tyrants and politicians are the ones on a slight leash. Who knows, what might happen in the future, but I highly doubt
anything is let to happen.
2. The citizens of European nations not entitlement minded, neither are the citizens of any European Union country being oppressed by the governments.
Technically speaking, the press freedom and internet freedom are higher in near to any EU country, just as the general prison population is
significantly lower, while crime rates are low.
Governments are seen as working for the people, not as separate entities. Imagine government as a huge insurance/service company. You pay them certain
amount of taxes and expect receiving quality service back for it. If you are paying to insurance company the health insurance, do you think you are
entitled to health insurance, in case of some emergency? Why is it any different when you are paying for the same thing to the government? In the end,
I pay personally significantly less than many Americans, while getting everything covered (without long delays etc, that is a myth)... The same goes
for many other services. I pay the unemployment insurance, of course, I am entitled to unemployment benefits it, if I lose my job... I expected
receiving what I paid for my insurance.
Generally European tend to put much effort into youth for the sake of the nation. Children are the future and not every child is born into wealthy
family. That is the reason, why in most nations it is expected that college tuitions are kept low/covered by the government, as long as the child is
smart enough to attend university - to ensure that every citizen is granted similar opportunities when starting their life (thats why the paid mother
leave, as well as school lunches are usually covered). Not all parents are wealthy or good. Why should the children suffer because of their parents
bad decisions? Why should one kid get a free ride on top universities, while the other one pays their debt their whole life simply due to being born
into the "wrong" family.
I would not say working 45-50 or even more hours a week is a smart move to be honest. It can be done as personal choice, but definitely no company
should be allowed to require working that much, neither should no person be expected work that much in order to just survive (basic foods, rent,
transport etc). At the end, there are many other things important in life and working that long hours constantly usually leads to serious health
issues long-term, which would cost far more to treated or via productivity loss. At the same time, family relations, other parts of life would suffer
a lot. At least I believe in working smart, rather than putting in the extreme hours. For example, in Germany auto-workers, the guys making you
Volkswagens, Audis earn 60 dollars an hour, while putting in less hours than the American autofactory workers. At the same time, the companies earn
similar profits to US counterparts.
The life standard though is pretty much the same in majority of EU nations than in US. You can look that the salaries are lower, but at the same time
the education costs are low, the healthcare is covered, other insurances are covered. There is far less worry/stress about future. You get everything
you need to buy, while having even time for family/friends, hobbies etc. I would not say that is worse than in US... Nordic countries have possibly
the highest life standard of all nations, while having relatively low debts. Despite all the social programs, the debts are significantly lower than
in majority of other nations, including US and at the same time, who works hard/smart is rewarded for it.
3. Free enterprise is just as valued here. You can not imagine how strongly the governments urge youth to make start-ups. Starting a business here
takes about 15 minutes online paperwork, while the taxes for small businesses, especially starting ones are kept very low. There are many start-up
hubs, where government funds help youth create their first protoypes or gain specific knowledge/help from specialists. Generally in European countries
the rates of start-ups new companies per capita are significantly higher than in US, for example. Also the small business sectors make up
significantly larger proportion of the economy.
Whether wealthy are despised or not depends on how they acquired their wealth. At the end, it is usually believed, that employees make the company´s
profits, not the CEO or shareholders or whoever made the company. Someone who is taking home hundreds of millions a year, while the employees are kept
at minimum wages, is despised. A person, who can become rich, while paying their employees reasonable wage at the same time not screwing with the
environment or using other sneaky tactics, is seen very positively.