This I Believe

Deborah - Smithville, Texas
Entered on May 15, 2006
Age Group: 50 - 65
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This I believe is the true definition of an American. We are 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


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


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.

This I believe we are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom.

Everyone who holds to that

spirit, everywhere, is an American.