The followiinig is a E-mail I recieved yesterday, I can claim no credit for it. I simply agree with it whole heartedly. I had my daughter transfer it from E-mail on to my blog site. It reads as follows;
Below is an excerpt from an email I received apparently written by an Australian Dentist: To Kill an American. I am not sure how long this has been circulating on the internet and in email but initial research shows it going back as far as 2001. Also there are some claims the article was actually written by Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law (American, not Australian), but like this piece from the Spirit of America website says — I don’t really think it matters who wrote it, it’s the spirit of the piece that counts. There are two titles for the article I came across: To Kill An American and Ferrara’s title of What Is An American? A primer. Anyway, that’s a long-winded summary of my research on this piece, as noted some opinions vary on who wrote it when.
But here is the actual content from the email – the real reason I started this post:
You probably missed this in the rush of news, 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.
Choose to live with acceptance, courage, forgiveness, honesty, humility, love, peace, resolve, and wisdom; rather than with, rejection, fear, revenge, lies, arrogance, hate, violence, indecision, or ignorance.
This pretty much sums up the entire subject. Some where I have a pome written by a Canaden Disk Jocky in the seventy’s or sixtys, in much the same vein. It recieved wide play on countys stations at the time. I even believe John Wayne recorded it on a 33 1/3 albam he cut about that time. It seems like when people need or want a handout they turn to us, but when they are somewhat flush they want to kick us. I could rant until I’m blue in the face and my blood pressure rose up again, but I’ll stop.
Also used to try real hard to be a Catholic, but lost the faith more than 35 years ago. Saw in the paper where the Pope has stated that the Catholic church is the only true Christian religion. Said all Prostestant religions are shams?? Walked out of a church one time when a visiting minister stated from the pulpit “I feel sorry for all those Baptist, Methidost and Catholic’s, because they are all going to hell”. Have to say it embarased some of my relitaves in the congeration. I replied I could not tollerate such stupid, blind, pighead prejudice. Nuff about that.
Gonna start thinking about the next gunslinger I’m gonna cover, later.