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What is America?

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by jaykaykay, Jan 9, 2003.

  1. jaykaykay

    jaykaykay 2 Good 2 B 4gotten

    (I posted this on 2 other sites, but I thought it was so well written that it needed to be added here too. If you've already seen it, go on to something else. :))

    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, what's an American?

    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, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani, or Afghan. An American may also be a Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, 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 man and woman 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. 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, 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 human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.
     
  2. jamming

    jamming Banned

    Who wrote it JKK?

    I would like to give them this:
     
  3. bruzzes

    bruzzes Truthslayer

    I got goosebumps reading that post.

    This is the ideal that we strive for.
    This is also the reason we need to hear from BOTH sides of the political spectrum.
     
  4. yazdzik

    yazdzik Veteran Member

  5. drslash

    drslash It's all about the beer

    And Amen.
     
  6. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    I first saw this awhile ago. I got goosebumps then and I got them now. Thanks JKK for bringing those words back. Ditch might be able to confirm this but it is said to have been written by an Australian dentist right after 9/11. Here is the web site:

    http://www.fountainofyouthfitness.com/whatisanamerican.asp

    Mike

    And I'm Proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free...
     

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