If I, not being of Chinese ancestry, decided that I wanted to be Chinese, would I be able to arrive in their country, learn their ways, their language, their culture…and BE Chinese?

If I, not being French by blood, emigrated to France, learned French, learned French ways and culture…would I BE French?

If I moved to Egypt, adopted their major religion, learned their language, and lived there for 30 years…would I BE Egyptian?

No.

But, if I moved to America, learned English, followed the naturalization laws, and did American things like celebrate Independence Day…would I BE American?

Yes!

American-Patriot

This is because, unlike most other countries, we are a country of ideas and principles. It’s about following the rule of law, equality for each individual, and inalienable rights (at least it used to be…but you get the idea).

It’s not how we look, what accent we have, or even if we were born here. Anyone who becomes an American IS an American through and through. It’s like in Texas where people say, “I’m a Texan. I wasn’t born here, but I got here as fast as I could!” and they are, indeed, Texans, when they exhibit the ideals of Texans.

If that’s not the greatest thing ever to be encountered on this earth, I don’t know what is.