In one sense, the Declaration of Independence made us a nation of outlaws. The American character is one of fighting city hall and so, while we can appreciate law and order, there’s a little rebellious streak in every true blooded American. Also, if you look at the outlaws you named, they were, for a time, successful at what they did; Americans like winners, especially when they give them the opportunity to root for the underdog.
Not a nation of outlaws, a nation that depended on people to practice self restrsint and volintarily obey the laws. When 98% of the country was Christian, and very devout compared to today’s standarss, it worked better. As more and more folks ignored the law and their consciences,we’ve needed more and more laws and police and courts because if people won’t control themselves, government has to. And the country becomes less free.