I have lived here since 1965.
The u.s.a is but a microcosm of the entire world, if one hates this country, one must hate themselves or their very origin.
Americans are British, African, Russian, Chinese, French, spanish, Phillipino,Arab, Indian, Japanese, even German, etc. etc.
They are also, Hopi, Cherokee, Sioux, Crow, Blackfoot, Chumash, Alonquin, Seminole, etc., etc.
Americans are Christian, Jew, Moslem,Hindu, Animist, Buddhists, etc., etc.
The founders of this country, British, mostly one and all, were very brave men, who, again'st incredible odds, carved out the framework which would lead to a nation unlike any other.
It's framers, Washington, Jefferson, Hancock, Adams, Franklin etc. were guided by Philosophers from the country they left behind, notably Locke, Paine, etc., one could say that progression started at a field (close to present day London), known as Runnymede, 1215, (Magna Carta.
I went to an outdoor "Moody blues" concert this week, and "breathed the warm, balmy, outdoor, california air",Outdoor summer baseball, even the "Humboldt Crabs" connote a feeling of euphoria., "what a place."
However I do believe that the inspiration of the "Colonial uprising" lead to Britain changing it's ways,( even though it had had an elected Parliament and Civil Govt. for 200 years prior), ----(German George,) got "too big for his boots"),--- this lead to a more enlightened Britain, ahead of the U.S. and in the Victorian era, becoming the preeminent world power.
With the leadership of Wilberforce, Britain abolished Slavery , long before the U.S.
Had a social reformation, i.e. unions, universal health care, Elderly pensions, WOMENS right to vote, long before the U.S.
As I said, I arrived here in 1965, I served in the U.S. Army, Vietnam, Pleiku, (1967/68)--( a very nasty place).
Ironically, and I feel sadly, America is "butchered, in word and deed", around the World.
It was not until 1964, that America guaranteed equal rights to all its citizens.
It was not until 1965 that America enacted a "voting rights act" enabling ALL to vote., a huge "stain " on it's claim to have been "always free".
I personify the word "lucky", since I arrived here, America has become what it always claimed to be., the best place to live on Planet Earth.
P.S. my Sons heritage is the best also (in my opinion), U.S. /British.