Is it any longer culturally relevant to say that American values stem from Puritan values?

 More and more photographs of various trusted, elected officials in compromising positions widely circulate the Internet without fazing us. When said scandals revolve around the arrogance and stupidity of the offending parties, rather than the fact that the pictures exist in the first place – does this signal that Americans are no longer the prudes that Europeans—and the rest of the world for that matter—think we are?

 And isn’t our national psyche just as equally influenced by the commercial—and liberal—values of the first Dutch colony that became New York?

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