To be an American is to fight for humanity and your beliefs no matter the adversary or adversity. An exemplary American knows that America isn’t what it says it is. The American Dream is a perfect dream, a utopia.
An exemplary American is flawless, they are quite simply perfect. Every person adores that person and many agree with them. They have been few ‘exemplary’ Americans, George Washington is more than likely the closest to exemplary.
America is advertised differently than it is said to be. America is corrupt, superfluous, and hateful. Yet we are commonly associated with freedom. America is grandiose, but like every tangible thing, flawed.
The American dream is what we all wish for. To live well, die in peace. Martin Luther King Jr. described it so simply. “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and slave-owners will be able to sit down at the table of brotherhood.
This is what it means to be an American.