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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 the following to let everyone know what an American is... so they would know when they found one. (Good on ya, 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 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.

When the Soviet army overran Afghanistan 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, 2001 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.

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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.
Seems that in New Orleans, many (with jobs, BTW) were still "wretched refuse".

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Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families.
Indeed. And the families of those like the heroic rescuers who lost their lives (ppl who exemplified the noble sentiment your author expresses) received far less in compensation than that of some bond trader in a "zero sum game" in his or her air-conditioned office when the planes hit.
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This is semantic, but it is relevant to me.

The author should have included Africans in the first group.

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An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani, or Afghan.
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kind of boring and not true in parts, but i understand what the Australian dentist was trying to get at

"racism is dead, it died when MLK walked on a bridge and freed the slaves. Now we have a socialist Kenyan president who is not an American and if anyone mentions race they are a reverse racist (while racism is dead, reverse racism is alive and well.) #whattheyteachyouatfox"
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"An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world"

...soon to read 'An Amercian once lived in the most prosperous...'

from the land of the home and the brave to the land of the enslaved & pussies

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A Great American

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And now, friends and countrymen, if the wise and learned philosophers of the elder world, the first observers of nutation and aberration, the discoverers of maddening ether and invisible planets, the inventors of Congreve rockets and Shrapnel shells, should find their hearts disposed to enquire what has America done for the benefit of mankind?

Let our answer be this: America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government. America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity.

She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights.

She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own.

She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart. She has seen that probably for centuries to come, all the contests of that Aceldama the European world, will be contests of inveterate power, and emerging right. Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.

She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.

She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.

She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example.

She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force....

She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit....

[ America's] glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, Freedom, Independence, Peace. This has been her Declaration: this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice.

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"America's glory is not dominion, but liberty"...what happened to that America

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In 1824, your John Q. Adams (son of a defeated one-term President with the same first name) lost the popular vote, but was given the White House anyway. In 2000, George W. Bush (son of a defeated one-term President with the same first name) lost the popular vote, but was given the White House anyway.

Of course Adams didn't start a needless war, and he had to face Andrew Jackson in 1828, who thoroughly kicked his ass. Bush only had to face John F. Kerry in 2004. (The F isn't really for Forbes, its for Fuckup).
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In 1824, your John Q. Adams (son of a defeated one-term President with the same first name) lost the popular vote, but was given the White House anyway. In 2000, George W. Bush (son of a defeated one-term President with the same first name) lost the popular vote, but was given the White House anyway.

Of course Adams didn't start a needless war, and he had to face Andrew Jackson in 1828, who thoroughly kicked his ass. Bush only had to face John F. Kerry in 2004. (The F isn't really for Forbes, its for Fuckup).
JR wake up and smell the coffee...no one was given anything. If you recall we have this nice little thing called an electoral system that strips away the nonsense called democracy...yeah GWB had only to face his cousin and fellow Bonesman--2 peas of a pod...and people thought this was an election

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JR wake up and smell the coffee...no one was given anything. If you recall we have this nice little thing called an electoral system that strips away the nonsense called democracy...yeah GWB had only to face his cousin and fellow Bonesman--2 peas of a pod...and people thought this was an election
(Without getting into your conspiracy theories) Kerry did vote to authorize the war, did promise to keep us in Iraq "until the job was finished", and ran such a fucking pathetic campaign that...

OK, it had 2B a conspiracy!
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