The Roman Empire never doubted that it was the defender of civilization. Americans have added freedom and democracy. Yet the more that may be added to it the more it is the same language still. A language of power.
Politicians are very proud when they can say a proposed program is "paid for." But this only means they've identified their intended victims ahead of time. Naming who will be plundered does not justify plunder.
For an advocate of civil republicanism, you could be drafted into the army, or taxed at very high rates, and that's fine because you participated in a process (democracy) in which you helped pick your own rulers. This view of freedom has a few problems.