Like millions of others I was not born in the United States but I call it home, after 22 years living here. I am now a US Citizen and feel honored to say this is my country too!
Despite of our current state of contradiction and controversy, the United States remains a society that allows opportunity for growth. But you pay a price for it. Those who know how to do it or learn how do it get ahead, regardless of race, class, economic and other status.
Gullible and all, the United States is mature politically and we have systems, imperfect and all, that allow for justice and due process to happen, more than it happens in many other countries.
California, I must say, shines because of the make up of its society: a mosaic of cultures, ideologies, liberties, opinions and more importantly, actions. Caucasians, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, African Americans, Gays and other LGBTs have added to what we call the Golden State. We Californians are all co-creating our culture every moment, a fascinating culture full of contradictions, advancement and innovation. I LOVE CALIFORNIA!
I am glad I live here, and to call California my home, and the US my country too!
Happy 4th of July!