What is an American?

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    What is an American?

    A friend of mine just sent this to be, thought I would pass it on as it is pretty good. Sorry if it has already been posted.

    Written by an Australian Dentist...

    To Kill an American

    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 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 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 happiness.

    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.
    "No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the Congress is in session."
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    Not bad. I think I like that guy.
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    I am proud to be an American, as all of us should be.
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    My concept of American changed when I moved here, changed again after living here, and changed again on becoming a citizen.
    As a European born and bred US citizen I am particularly aware of all the ethnicities of Europeans here, I see someone who looks Slavic next to someone else who is predominantly Scandinavian next to someone else who is Moorish. They might not know their full family tree but they wear it on their face for me.
    In some countries you only have a cosmopolitan experience if you live in the biggest cities, here in the USA it is a cultural melting pot everywhere. It's fascinating for me when I put my amateur anthropologist hat on.

    They can't wipe us out, what are they thinking? We are less in number than some other nations but we truly have ties to everyone.

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    Great post, thanks!

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    Proud To Be An American...



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    Almost my entire family were murdered in the Holocaust, except for my grandparents who had the foresight to see what was coming in Germany and emigrated to America. So, I am particularly proud of and cherish what this Country represents, more then words can adequately express.

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    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.
    That needs to be changed because it's blatantly untrue. We have ~3 million Muslims in America according to the CIA World Factbook. 99% of Afghanistan's population of 31 million is Muslim.

    Although I agree that at least here you are free to worship as you want.
    ...He suggested that "every American citizen" should own a rifle and train with it on firing ranges "at every courthouse." -Chesty Puller

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