Why would we want to be American?

A year or so ago, I was in a gathering of people where someone asserted that Bahamians would prefer to be Americans (the 53rd state, it was said -- ahem) than to be members of the Caribbean Region.I have to tell you, that scares me deeply.Not all Americans are this stupid, but the fact that people who are can get on national television makes one wonder.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANTDkfkoBaI&rel=1]This is, apparently, for real.I apologize to any American friends I may have offended. But really.