|More than a people
Americans are the embodiment of the spirit of freedom
February 18, 2003
Who knows if this was really written by an Australian dentist, as they claim. I have
been unable to source it. But whoever wrote it has a pretty healthy respect for who
Americans really are -- as opposed to the "Great Satan" of the Ayatollah
What's-His-Name's imagination and our own Leftist-Hate-America and blame-America-First
crowd. -- Michael Massumi
You probably missed it in the rush of news [recently], 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 the following
[titled "How to Kill an American"] to let everyone know what an American
is, so they would know when they found one:
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 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 chooses. 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 is from 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 for the pursuit of happiness.
An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation
in the world in their time of need. When Afghanistan was overrun 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, the best products, the best books, the best music, the
best food, the best athletes. 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, the 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, earning a better
life for their families. I've been told that the World Trade Center victims were
from at least 30 other 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 every bloodthirsty tyrant in the history of 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 spirit
of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.
Pass this around the World.....
God Bless America!
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