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For all the talk about what the "real America" is, versus the "flyover country" or the "liberal elites" ... I think there's already a good definition:

American: From the sands of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, to the beaches of Maine- from the glaciers of Alaska, through Hawaii's snow-topped peaks (at times), and down through the Pacific to Guam, the American Samoa and other "exotic" locales.

America is Oklahoma and Detroit. Kansas City and California. Tulsa and Macon, Helena and Pittsburgh. It is Miami and Jacksonville, Atlanta and Albuquerque. NYC. DC. Omaha. Seattle. Portland (both of them). Salem (both of them). Watts and Bedstuy- Harlem and Beverly Hills. The Windy City, the city by the Bay, Beantown, DFW, Duluth and even the Dakotas.

Oh, San Diego and South Padre are nice, too.

What's an American? Me. I also happen to be a veteran, and an Oklahoma Democrat.

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  •  NICE definition (2+ / 0-)
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    exlrrp, Smoh

    Proud Slut...Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 09:29:21 PM PDT

  •  You mean Detroit, Oregon? (2+ / 0-)
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    exlrrp, Smoh

    I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 09:33:59 PM PDT

  •  from the sands of puerto rico? (0+ / 0-)

    means you annexated Puerto Rico to the US? it is already the 51state, incorporated already? puerto ricans already lost their own nationality?
    we puerto ricans have US citizens (due to a statutory congress law), it was imposed on us during1917, but we have never lost our nationality: puerto rican. we are puerto ricans just the same way cubans are cubans or colombians are colombians! we have not lost our nation because we are not annexated, never been!

    •  Puertorriquenos, Boricuas... (0+ / 0-)

      ... are Americans. I am not from the island, but have lived on Puerto Rico- in Fajardo and Isabella Segunda, on la isla de Vieques.

      Boricuas/Puertorriquenos have had the opportunity to form their own nation for 50 years. The difficulty lies in the three-way proposition: Become a free nation, become a state, or keep things the way they are, with PR being a Commonwealth.

      There have been referendums, but because the vote requires a majority, as opposed to a plurality, it is never going to pass. I thought the most recent referendum would prove successful- where the citizens were offered A) Change the status or, B) Don't change. And then if "change" was selected, either state or nation would be selected.

      Too many Americans don't even know that Puerto Rico is a part of our country- so I can understand if the people of that land want to establish their own name/nation. They are already independently represented on many world bodies, even the Olympics.

      My inclusion of Puerto Rico on the above post was only out of respect- to show the diversity of our country. We can only be great, when we respect the cultures that make us what we are.

    •  Yes, PR is not a "nation" (1+ / 0-)
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      Cuba is a nation. Columbia is a nation. Mexico, Barbados, Russia, France, Ecuador, Canada, Haiti... are all nation states.

      Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States. All persons born in Puerto Rico are citizens of the United States... that you seem to not know this basic fact about Puerto Rico, makes me think that you don't live there and may not have ever been there.  

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