What are the characteristics of a ideal American?

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This is, of course, a subjective matter.  To me, the characteristics of an ideal American are:

  • Tolerance.  An ideal American believes in the value and equality of people of all races and religions.
  • Open-mindedness.  An ideal American does not simply cling blindly to his or her beliefs.  He or she must be willing to listen to the other side and, at times, change beliefs based on logic and evidence.
  • Public-spiritedness.  An ideal American must care about their community.  They must participate in activities that are not only good for themselves, but which also improve their community.  An idea American is not selfish but is, instead, interested in helping improve the whole nation.
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