I just love these urban legend emails.
"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. "
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.