I'm going to try to keep this question vague as possible just to stew a better response. I'll repeat this again, Whats your preception of an American.
And just for some pointers for disscussion (or atleast what I'm thinking of):
Who, What and Why is someone a American (taking into the notion that they live in the U.S.)
Are they patriotic, liberal, rich, poor, White, Black, Native American, gay, a man or woman or even a group of people? Whats the required or normal attibutes of American. When you think of a American what color is their skin? Is the color of the skin ever brown. Religion ever different from christianity? Is someone more American than other, ie one group more than another even tho they reside in the same place.
Basically I'm asking you when you picture an American what is the picture that comes to your mind. (I'm sure non-Americans can also answer this and looking forward to what other people think.) I want some disscussion on the word American, what it stands for, the meaning of the word. What does it mean to American? Why is it only limited to USA residens, can't Canadians be considered Americans? If you want to discuss it even further.
(Please, Please don't argue on little things...I definetly value your opinion., moreover thats what I'm interested in.)