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    to be an American and will be happy when I'm eligible for citizenship in my host country.

    I find the U.S. interesting.  Interesting enough that I have both undergraduate and graduate degrees in American Studies, and that I continue to teach and research in American Studies in the latter stage of a long career.  There are good things and bad things about the U.S., as there about pretty much every country.  It's not the greatest place in the world to live these days (which is why I don't live there any more), but I still like a lot of things about it.  I just dislike more things.

    I do not find much to admire about our government or social system, especially in the last several decades.

    Even from childhood, "pride" wasn't something I associated with nationality or any other inherited identity.  It was something I was taught to associate with actions.  And as far as actions on the national and international stage, the contemporary U.S. in my eyes doesn't measure up to the standards that would trigger pride of association.

    "If you fake the funk, your nose will grow." -- Bootsy Collins

    by hepshiba on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 09:47:08 AM PDT

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