You're going to have to bring your 'A' game.
When things are bad, it's the best time to reinvent yourself.
On a certain level, I don't think there is an answer to what the American way is, because it is constantly being re-defined. It's also been exploited and capitalized upon and politicized by one side or the other to the point that a certain degree of cynicism has attached itself to that term.
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