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Exactly what IS an American?
This has been around before, I think, but it is a good one and in the face of mounting anti-Americanism at home, I believe it is worth repeating.

Written by an Australian Dentist...

You probably missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was actually
a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer of a
reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So an Australian
dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an
American is . so they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!!!!)

"An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish,
Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican,
African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or
Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan.

An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho,
Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.
An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In
fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only
difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them

An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer
only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for
the government and for God.

An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world.
The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence,
which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of

An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other
nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return.

When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans
came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!

As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other
nation to the poor in Afghanistan. Americans welcome the best of
everything...the best products, the best books, the best music, the best
food, the best services. But they also welcome the least. The national
symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty, welcomes your tired and your
poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest
tossed. These in fact are the people who built America. Some of them were
working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a
better life for their families. It's been told that the World Trade Center
victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first
languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.

So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General
Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the
world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because
Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the
embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that
spirit, everywhere, is an American.

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A liberal on another list tried to tell me that this was BS, because it says on Snopes.com that the Australian Dentist is a myth. When I went to Snopes myself, I found:

The "What is an American?" article quoted above was not penned by an Australian (or a dentist), but by Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law in Northern Virginia. Mr. Ferrara's commentary was originally published in the National Review on 25 September 2001.

The liberal went on to say that Mr. Ferrara, who has had a distinguished career in the White House and in education, was a right wing ideologue and that the National Review was an ultra-right wing rag.

Somehow, to her, this made these sentiments less true.

I wonder about people like that. I wonder how it is that they can believe in the things we stand for as a nation, use those beliefs for protection, and yet believe that only people who think the way they do are decent and good.

Too many of my friends have put themselves in harm's way for her, so that she can diss them. And yet they'd do it, even if she were spitting on them, which for all I know, she does.

"The embodiment of the human spirit of freedom..."

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