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"What Is An American?"
A Newspaper in Pakistan | Week of September 26-30, 2005 | An Australian Dentist

Posted on 10/01/2005 5:46:03 PM PDT by bethtopaz

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 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.


TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: america; myemailisnews; notfromaustralia; peterferrara; urbanlegend; youbeenhad
My mom e-mailed this to me today and I thought it was very inspirational. Hope you enjoy it!
1 posted on 10/01/2005 5:46:04 PM PDT by bethtopaz
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To: bethtopaz

Very good piece from America's 1st Cousins living under the Southern Cross.


2 posted on 10/01/2005 5:49:22 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: bethtopaz

"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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Beautiful! Thanks for posting it.


3 posted on 10/01/2005 5:49:48 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: bethtopaz

Super cool!


4 posted on 10/01/2005 5:51:00 PM PDT by strategofr (What did happen to those 293 boxes of secret FBI files (esp on Senators) Hillary stole?)
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To: bethtopaz

Nice


5 posted on 10/01/2005 5:51:01 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 (Mind Like A Steel Trap - Rusty And Illegal In 37 States)
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To: bethtopaz

How cute...


6 posted on 10/01/2005 5:51:02 PM PDT by Treader (Hillary's dark smile is reminiscent of Stalin's inhuman grin...)
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To: bethtopaz

I just love these urban legend emails.

From snopes.com

"The "What is an American?" article quoted above was not penned by an Australian (or a dentist), but by Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law in Northern Virginia. Mr. Ferrara's commentary was originally published in the National Review on 25 September 2001. "


7 posted on 10/01/2005 5:52:32 PM PDT by KingKongCobra (Trying to save the "Donner Party" from themselves.)
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To: bethtopaz

I should have added a link to the urban legend page

http://www.snopes.com/rumors/america2.htm


8 posted on 10/01/2005 5:54:51 PM PDT by KingKongCobra (Trying to save the "Donner Party" from themselves.)
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To: bethtopaz

http://www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/aussiedentist.html

This essay was not written by "an Australian dentist," but by an associate law professor at Virginia's George Mason University. Titled "What is an American: A Primer," it was published in the National Review on September 25, 2001. The e-mail version differs from the original not only in attribution, but also contains several edits and editorial comments and omits the author's closing paragraphs.

We can't be sure where the "Australian Dentist" attribution came from, but can safely assume it is another case of "False Attribution Syndrome." Most likely, such an individual received the essay and forwarded it, inadvertently adding his identity to it. This is just one of the many hazards of forwarding chain letters. If you wouldn't want to be accused of writing something like this, you shouldn't forward it. Break this chain.


9 posted on 10/01/2005 5:56:43 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: bethtopaz

http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-ferrara092501.shtml

What Is An American?
A primer.

By Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law.
September 25, 2001 9:20 a.m.

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 there an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

So I just thought I would write to let them know what an American is, so they would know when they found one.

An American is English…or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani, or Afghan.

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 choose.

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.

An American does not have to obey the mad ravings of ignorant, ungodly cruel, old men. American men will not be fooled into giving up their lives to kill innocent people, so that these foolish old men may hold on to power. American women are free to show their beautiful faces to the world, as each of them choose.

An American is free to criticize his government's officials when they are wrong, in his or her own opinion. Then he is free to replace them, by majority vote.

Americans welcome people from all lands, all cultures, all religions, because they are not afraid. They are not afraid that their history, their religion, their beliefs, will be overrun, or forgotten. That is because they know they are free to hold to their religion, their beliefs, their history, as each of them choose.

And just as Americans welcome all, they enjoy the best that everyone has to bring, from all over the world. The best science, the best technology, the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best athletes.

Americans welcome the best, but they also welcome the least. The nation symbol of America 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. Many of them were working in the twin towers on the morning of September 11, earning a better life for their families.

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.

So look around you. You may find more Americans in your land than you thought were there. One day they will rise up and overthrow the old, ignorant, tired tyrants that trouble too many lands. Then those lands too will join the community of free and prosperous nations.

And America will welcome them.


10 posted on 10/01/2005 5:58:10 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: bethtopaz
Wow. I know I'm most likely dreaming here, but I just can't help wonder if that was even able to make some of the terrorists see, even for a split second, deep down in that thing they call a brain, just how pathetic and loserly they are.
11 posted on 10/01/2005 6:00:17 PM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: inquest

Wouldn't that be a beautiful thing? It might not change a terrorist, but maybe a terrorist in the making?


12 posted on 10/01/2005 6:02:51 PM PDT by bethtopaz ("We will not let another generations of our heroes to be forsaken.")
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To: bethtopaz
Good point. I hadn't thought of that.
13 posted on 10/01/2005 6:03:35 PM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: bethtopaz

Very nice.


14 posted on 10/01/2005 6:04:17 PM PDT by NTW64
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To: KingKongCobra

Well, thanks for informing me it's an urban legend as others have done. All I know is that my mom sent it to me, someone sent it to her, and I thought it was beautiful.


15 posted on 10/01/2005 6:04:56 PM PDT by bethtopaz ("We will not let another generations of our heroes to be forsaken.")
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To: bethtopaz

It is beautiful. I just wanted to give the original author proper credit.


16 posted on 10/01/2005 6:10:29 PM PDT by KingKongCobra (Trying to save the "Donner Party" from themselves.)
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To: bethtopaz

Thank you for this post.


17 posted on 10/01/2005 6:20:34 PM PDT by Lucretia Borgia
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To: KingKongCobra
I understand -- it's just that sometimes some Freepers give sharp messages to fellow Freepers. I've never liked that. People that share (and aren't trolls) on this site should treat each other with lots of respect, since we get none outside the "family." One thing I know about Free Republic for sure, is that if I'm incorrect about something, I will be told. THAT IS NOT A BAD THING! It's what's beautiful about the New Media. The New Media, unlike the old MSM, is self-correcting and may it never change. It's just always good manners to include something like, "You may not be aware of this, but ...." Just always giving the other person the benefit of the doubt, since many of us have never met in person. That's just another little thing I learned from my mom. A little honey never hurt anyone. Thanks for your quick response. And have a great weekend!
18 posted on 10/01/2005 6:27:33 PM PDT by bethtopaz ("We will not let another generations of our heroes to be forsaken.")
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To: bethtopaz

You have a nice weekend too, beth.


19 posted on 10/01/2005 6:34:36 PM PDT by KingKongCobra (Trying to save the "Donner Party" from themselves.)
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To: bethtopaz

It's a good piece if a little long in the tooth. The planet will eventually be known as planet America and the Solar System as the American System.


20 posted on 10/01/2005 6:37:36 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: bethtopaz

Absolutely wonderful post!


21 posted on 10/01/2005 6:43:17 PM PDT by Paul_Denton (Stom ta jora UN)
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To: inquest
I'd like to change a terrorist's mind.

From inside to outside. Hopefully at 300 meters with a good back-wind.

Terrorists? I say, apply rule 308.
22 posted on 10/01/2005 6:56:23 PM PDT by ASOC (Insert clever tagline here: _______)
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