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Who’s an American? February 1, 2009

Posted by Richard Shatto in Uncategorized.

The following is not written by myself, rather mailed to me. But, I appreciated it and thought it worth adding. It is popular for some in Canada to bash Americans, but I find such attitudes very distasteful, and feel strongly the sentiment expressed below.

It is reported that someone recently published in an international newspaper the offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

The following day, an Australian wrote an editorial to inform readers just what an American is… so they would know one when they found one.

‘An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish , Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be C anadian, 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 i n 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

The national symbol of America , The Statue of Liberty , welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, temp est tossed. These, in fact, are the people who built America.

And, 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 tyrants in the world over.  But, in doing so you would just be hurting yourself, beecause Americans are not a particular people from a particular place, they are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. And everyone, everywhere who holds to that spirit, is truly an American.

Author unknown.

I’ve heard it said that one of the best long-term things that can happen to a country is to go to war with the Americans. Interestingly, just ask follow the post-war history of Germany, Japan or Korea. Perhaps it’s true.



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