The founding of America was, in essence, an emotional project = folks cut a clear of land uniquely dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In that sense, the point of the U.S. (to an extent) is emotional freedom.
The Great Recession has cut into that a bit. As MSNBC's Joe Scarborough says, America needs a pep talk. This July 4th, Independence Day should feel independent. Baller America - I want you back!