I wrote a while back that what many people...most in fact, specially here in the USA wanted, was freedom from responsibility and from duty.
Freedom means that nobody will tell you or compell you to do anything, but at the same time, if you fail, nobody will come to help you. That is the last thing most Americans want...regardless of how often they use the word.
In other words when they speak of "freedom" they were not referring to the same thing many of us would think. What they meant, and what they want is "freedom from freedom itself".
And now we see the same thing happen right before our eyes in Scotland. So the next time you hear the word "freedom" used by anyone, understand that like the word "gay", it probably doesn't mean what you think it does.