I grew up in Winnipeg most of my life and have since moved elsewhere, yet I still continue to watch and cheer for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Whether it was spending those hot prairie evenings at the stadium, or shivering under a blanket in late November during the playoffs, the atmosphere those games generated for me during my youth still resonate with me today. Through the many ups and downs that is a team in the Canadian Football League, die hard fans stick with their team through thick and thin.
It's the "idea" of America which makes the USA what it is. There are many people on this planet who dislike Americans, but still love the "idea" of America. The State Department and the Army are not America. People who want to live in peace and harmony, free to express their thoughts, dreams and opinions. That is America. There are many citizens in many different countries that are able to make that distinction. Sometimes, I think Americans need to make that distinction themselves.