Even though these scenarios technically didn't apply to me, it was however very close to becoming a reality if I wasn't an American citizen now. My permanent residency would be revoked; I would be merely a visitor, a tourist of the United States without the ability to vote, work, or live. And if I wished to do these, I would have wait years to go through the bureaucracy that works to keep America resilient and safe.
America has given me and my family the opportunities for success. It's brought me to where I am now. Am I a hypocrite for being in Canada? Not anymore than US manufacturers and companies that outsource their jobs to foreign countries. My bottom line will end up in the United States.
I am proud I am American. I'm proud of her ideals. And I believe that you can be patriotic and still believe that she has much to improve.
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
~ Abraham Lincoln