I think that you probably hit the nail on the head here. However, to define America, or any other country for that matter, is like trying to define what God is. (not comparing America to God). America has probably one of the most intricate and confusing social systems in the entire world. But, America is unique in its own because even though this system is extremely complex and widely practiced, it all works quite well on the whole. Honestly, I can look at this country and be marvelled by the fact that people, not with one common belief, but many beliefs, many religions, many races, many cultures, many classes, educated, non-educated, gay, straight, man, and woman, can make themselves the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world.
My point here is this: You can't define America, it is too complex. Of course people aren't going to agree with everything we do, but on the whole, it is one of the most dynamic and spirited nations that exist today. And let me correct myself. There is one common bond we all have, and that is that we are Americans, and we have ALL made America what she is today. And we were the first ones to do it this way. Not a King, or a ruler, but her people. It's like doing a project in college:When the professor or another person does all the work, you could care less about being proud of it, because you didn't put any work in it, but if an entire group helps with this project, when you finish, you are ALL proud of what you have accomplished.
We call our project: America
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