America is a nation of people who chose to become Americans. Even the oldest family tree in the New World has immigrants at its roots.
Blood: Blood itself does not give the country any mark of distinction. The individual American has more in common genetically with the people his people come from than with his fellow Americans.
Language: A Frenchman has to speak French. A German has to speak the language of the Vaterland. But an American could speak anything. And often does.
History: Nor is there even a common history. The average immigrant didn’t arrive until the early 20th century. By then, America’s history was already three centuries old. The average citizen missed the whole thing.
Neither blood, history, language or religion,– what else is left?
Only an idea: that you could come to America and be whatever you wanted to be.
[Excerpts of an article by Bill Bonner]