If there is anything that Americans can rally around, it is the idea of "winning." We are, after all, a capitalist culture, fueled by competition and fiercely protective of our status quo as the wealthiest nation on the planet.
As you navigate our interconnected world, be mindful that humor is one of the most difficult cross-cultural skills to develop. Approach all people with a willingness to smile at them and laugh at oneself.
The Democratic Party lost its spine the moment it decided to cash in on corporate political money. If we don't reverse Citizens United and get the money out of our political system, progressive causes don't stand a chance.