Rowe, I think you have it a little twisted. No one here, at least, believes america to be any great moral state. Rather, we (I) become concerned when the government act as it does because I realize that it is not a great moral state.
I think that folks are raising [polite] hell about the domestic spying because it is clearly impacting US citizens.
I see the Iraqi war as just another example of this administration's abuse of the power that "We, The People" have granted it. It is just another example of this administration's belief that it is not obliged to respect any laws past by congress. These abuses of authority come step by space, each building on the previous abuse.
If that is the case, then we no longer live in a democratic republic; but rather a dictatorship. er