Imagine that a friend takes you to Baskin & Robbins, the home of 31 flavors of ice cream. Suppose you'd never been there before, and you know nothing about it. Your friend says that you can have any flavor of ice cream that the want, either chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla. You choose chocolate, then you leave, feeling very satisfied that you got to make the choice all by yourself.
But you don't realize that your friend never told you about the other 28 flavors. Had you known, you might have tried a different flavor, one that you may have liked even better than chocolate.
And he never even told you that there was a menu you could have looked at to help you make a more informed decision.
But not knowing all this, you walk happily away.
Americans need to learn to look for the menu. Americans shouldn't be content just because they made a decision. They need to make sure that the choices they make are from all the choices available, not just from the choices they are given.
At the very least, see if the person giving you the choices is really your friend.