"I can wear whatever pants I want to. This is America. I have rights!"
Good catch, wasblind.
America has a superiority complex - we're taught 'American exceptionalism,' and that Europe is second-rate. America isn't just a wonderful country - it is somehow entitled to special privileges and we as Americans are, too, regardless of our individual talents.
We also have a fixation on 'rights' in this country - the notion of 'freedom' is constantly used and misused to manipulate public discourse and politics. Unfortunately, we DO NOT have a a corresponding emphasis on responsibility as a cohort or prerequisite of rights where rights are not earned - they accrue to one by virtue of being alive, by virtue of being an American. Yet, some rights should be earned, should be tied to demonstrated responsibility.
That child felt that he had the full weight of the Founding Fathers, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence behind him when he called his mother a "stupid bitch."