LOL, yeah, well, The Law also WON . Not all rebels are seen as equal either. There are a couple sub-cultures at work here. Some people will shoot you for suggesting 'hippies' were heroes, but they were definitely against SOMETHING. Nobody sheds a tear when gangs go down either. The politics is many layered for sure. Florida looks a lot different from Vermont too (or Western Washington where I happen to be now).I think you guys are underplaying the “I fight the law and the law one”, revolutionary ethos that has undergirded America since time immemorial.
A culture that worships outlaws like Jesse James, Butch Cassidy, Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok, and Prohibition Era Outlaws (Bonnie and Clyde, Ma Barker, Baby Face Nelson et all) as much as it reveres truly meaningful subversives such as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Frederick Douglas, Nat Turner, Harriett Tubman, Susan Anthony, Rosa Parks, Jack Johnson, Ali, and MLK…well…that culture is telling you something…
Bad boys/girls that push back against establishment, plutocracy (even if only in perception) and government reach…even if the underclass that reveres them is collateral damage = WOOOOOO (cue Rick Flair).