... The whole nation- what is the definition of whole? Maybe I am missing the point here. Your entire statement in the above quote seems to lump all Americans into the same group. All Americans do not belong to the same group unless you are speaking of the fact that they are Americans or that they are humans..."
Yes, you are (missing the point). But I am sure you are "not missing your own point"
Btw, you couldn't produce my quote with "ALL Americans" in it. The closest you got is "the whole nation," which I used as a synonym for Americans. The word "whole" in that phrase certainly does not mean "each and every" member of that nation.
However, not being a native English speaker, I often reach for a dictionary (I am sure that you, as an English teacher, would appreciate that). So, here is the meaning of the adjective "whole," as per a dictionary (bold mine):
1 [ attrib. ] all of; entire : he spent the whole day walking | she wasn't telling the whole truth
• used to emphasize a large extent or number : whole shelves in libraries are devoted to the subject
So, Professor, emphasizing a large extent or a large number of something does not, and I repeat, does not mean "each and every." It is a simple case of non sequitur
But forget dictionary for a moment. Lets see the common usage of the word "American," in journalism, politics, statistics etc.
For example, this: Americans to spend $370 million on pet costumes
Does, it mean, Professor, that each and every American is going to spend on pet costumes???
Or this: Are Chinese Telecoms Firms Really Spying on Americans?
Does it mean, Professor, they are spying on ALL Americans, EACH and EVERY one?
Or, speaking about Americans and spending: Americans plan to spend record $8 billion on Halloween
Or this: Americans consume 320,500,000 gallons of gasoline per day
Does it mean, Professor, that each and every American drives every day (or drives at all)?
Do you really need any more lectures on the proper usage of English words from a lowly East European?