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What is an American

I received this in my email today and thought I would pass this on.  Hope you enjoy it.


Written by an Australian Dentist

To Kill an American
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 inAfghanistan.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.

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Comment posted by: L.J. Wilson on 2/16/2009 at 9:17AM


Comment posted by: Semper Fi milam on 4/13/2009 at 4:24PM

i giv him a million stars( good one mate!!)

Comment posted by: Former Marine sta 2/7 on 8/13/2009 at 8:01PM

I have taken many in the name of only the betterment of human kind. Those such as I whom have sacraficed more than most could imagine know very well that this is the choice we make every day in many deifferent perputuate life for the good of the whole. Do not become complacent!

Comment posted by: Sue Syvertsen on 10/18/2009 at 10:37AM

Something I wrote 2 yrs ago, thought some of your readers might enjoy it. Hereís My Peace.. I recently received an email asking me to forward it to as many people as I could, if I agreed with it. So I did the usual copy and paste, and was going to send it to the select few I know that like these emails. I have done this so many times over the years, sending all of the emails that defend the United States and God and I was always proud to pass them on. But as I started to send this little one, I stopped. I am angry, angry at the United States, angry at the immigrants, angry at the US citizens. For all these years I have believed in the United States and what it stands for. If I am going to forward something about this Country, my Country, I am going to write it myself, proudly sign my name to it, (which I have noticed that so many donít bother to do), and I will know that what I am sending, are my true beliefs. Hereís my Peace...on my Country, the United States of America. My name is Sue Syvertsen; I am a 52 yr old mother of 2, who was proudly raised by a Die-hard Marine that believed in standing up for this country of ours, and fighting for what we believe in. My dad was a Marine Corps Sgt. who fought in WWII and Korea, to help our US citizens retain the freedom that we proudly sing about, and say the Pledge of Allegiance, and believe in the American Flag that we so proudly fly on our homes and even our cars to show that we stand together as a nation. He, like so many other men and women, believed that this country is worth fighting for. They believe and love the freedom we have, and the choices we are able to make and give to our children. We, the citizens of this great country, used to be thankful for those freedoms. Recently I received 2 emails, one showing a picture of teens, outside their high school hanging a Spanish flag, at the top of the flagpole, and then hanging a 2nd flag, an American flag, below the Spanish flag, but they were hanging the American flag upside down. The 2nd email I received was saying that a newspaper was reporting that a school was wanting the American Anthem to be sung in Spanish, which then the paper made a feeble attempt to translate the Spanish, but it wasnít even close to the original, written by Francis Scott Key. It was written in English, to be sung in America, in English. Donít get me wrong, I am not against anyone coming to the United States from any other country. I assume you want to come here, because the United States offers so much more to you than you country does. You have chosen the US to raise your children in, to bring your family over here, or to send our money to your family in another country to help them out. We are such a giving country, we even send our own hard earned money to other countries to help them out, before we seem to reach out to our own country, example...New Orleans. But being a giving Nation.... We give immigrants our land, our jobs, our homes, our schools, our health care, our welfare, our hearts and our money. We assume that you are here for the same hopes and dreams that we have. To offer our families a better life, and to give our children a good strong future. We also assume that by opening our land and jobs and hearts to you, that you are willing to work by our sides, pay the same taxes that we do. Respect our beliefs the same as you expect us to respect your beliefs. You come here, to our Country and expect us to change our ways to suit you. I am an American, born and raised a United States citizen. Why in the world would I need to change my ways, in my Country, because you have come here and left your own country? I look down the streets of Miami, I canít read the signs, and they are in Mexican or Spanish, which I canít read. I call a utility company or a store or a major corporation, and the recording says, "For English, press one", I am an America Dammit, why do I need to press one? It should say, "For Spanish, press one, for Italian press two, for Portuguese press 3, for Japanese press 4, for German press 5, for Polish press 6, for Norwegian press 7, etc...(I am sure you get what I mean). And why arenít the United States People strong enough to stand up to this. And why in the world, isnít the United States Government, the Government that the US people chose to put into office, strong enough to believe in this great country of ours? A High School senior canít graduate unless they take 2 years of a foreign language. Yet we have United States citizens, born here, that canít speak English, and we arenít taught for 2 years how to speak their language. Think about it. They donít have a choice. They are born deaf. But it is more important that we are forced to learn another countries language than to talk to our own American people first. Immigrants are welcomed in the United States of America, you have taken most of the jobs in our convenient stores, hospitals, nail salons, and many other positions, and we donít condemn you in any way. We patronize your place of business and spend our hard earned money there. We donít ask you to take down your Buddha, or change your religious symbols you proudly display. We respect your beliefs. But you have made us take God away from our children in our schools, you have come to our country and put your children in our schools and made us change our ways to suit you. I have to ask, why did you come to our country if you donít like our ways, or our beliefs? Why did you leave your country and expect us to change ours? Do you really want us to change to your ways? If that is your hope, feel free to go back to your country, because this US citizen wonít stand by quietly. And if you donít believe in my God, that is your choice, I respect your choice of religion, but then quit spending our US dollar, that proudly states "In God We Trust" on it. Isnít that against your religion also? Or is that just a double standard that you live by since you are here in America? I believe in the troops that are putting their lives on the line for what they believe in, they are standing by their country. You donít have to believe in the war, or the politicians that have failed us, but believe in our men and women that defend us with their lives, they are also defending the immigrants that choose the United States as their country. We used to end our day, on television, with the networks signing off the air with the American flag flying and the American Anthem playing in the background. Who had the right to say we didnít want that anymore? Donít I get a vote on that? I pay my taxes. My father, the United States Marine, taught me wonderful morals. To believe in my God and my Country To believe in my fellow man To be Honest at all times To be Faithful to the ones I love I stand by my Fathers morals. I stand by my country I Believe in the United States of America... God Bless America Can you say the same??? Semper Fi

Comment posted by: Jamie M. on 10/23/2009 at 7:42PM

This is awesome! So very true! To Sue Syvertsen, I love your message, and I feel the same way!!! Wish more people felt the same and stood up to the immigrants who want and demand change now. My family came over from Germany, but they learned the English language, customs and didn't demand or force anyone to learn their language or customs...America is the land of immigration, however the primary language is English (immigrants who want to come here, learn it), we have the freedom of religion or "non-religion" for those who don't want to worship, most people don't demand or expect you to, so don't force those that do, to be quiet or do it behind closed doors. We are all immigrants who pay taxes (most of us), work hard for our money, and for everything we stand for. Why do we have to give money to those that come here, don't speak our language, have kids here soley so they can get free money and medical care while they're here, but demand we speak their language, and work hard to pay for their free benefits that most Americans don't get for free!! I love my country, but I do think some things should change...America isn't just one face, or color, we are many types of people, and we should all stand as one, with one language as the primary.

Comment posted by: Charlie on 12/7/2009 at 7:42AM

Actually this was not written by an Australian Dentist. Check it out at

Comment posted by: on 12/22/2009 at 10:48PM