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What’s it like to be an American? Well, that kind of depends on who you ask. There are so many of us out there that think that this is a great nation while there are others that claim that it’s one of the worst in the world. Some of us are extremely tolerant and others would gladly stand at the borders of our country telling immigrants to go home. Some of us are ashamed of how the others in this country are acting while others might try reminding us that America was indeed founded on a lot of different things, but there are few to be proud of in this day and age.

Being an American is sometimes very confusing since our history is filled with inconsistencies that, like any other nation, depends on the point of view. It is a great nation in many regards, but it is also fraught with controversy that has never quite gone away and is still very much alive in this day and age since our current political landscape is anything but completely stable.

Being an American is not as simple as it sounds.

Some people would gladly apologize, as Americans, for how our country has treated many others and for the current POTUS and the craziness that he’s introduced to the world in the guise of a world leader. However apologizing for our leadership and for the fact that some among us have decided to represent the country in a most unwanted fashion is not the responsibility of the nation, but of those that have committed such acts. If a country is to be held responsible for those that practice such negative habits within its borders then there are few countries that would be able to claim innocence. The USA is in fact not perfect, but it is the home we’re born to and the home that has given us what we have to this day. Defending it is easy, but explaining away those that embarrass the country is exceedingly difficult.

Being a human being is easier than being an American.

Go on and try to dispute this, because being a human being in this day and age is still a difficult proposition for some as the idea of treating another person with respect seems to be an unknown concept for some. Americans have been looked down upon for the treatment they’ve given others and have bestowed upon other nations, this is very true. But again, the country is still filled with those that would rather treat their fellow human being like a person, not a number or an enemy simply because of the country they come from.

‘Real Americans’ are proud to admit that they are ‘real people’.

This means that ‘real Americans’ are those that treat others with respect, practice humility when it’s necessary, and are able to get along with their global neighbors as much as is humanly possible. It’s true that other nations don’t want to get along, that they will war with the US before extending a hand in friendship, and that’s understood. But a real American will know when to defend themselves and when to lower their weapons and talk before jumping to rash decisions that can lead the world into another conflict such as those that have occurred in the past.

Being a real American means standing up when you have to to defend your family, home, and country, but knowing when to stand down and realize your place in the world as a rational, thinking being.

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