is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish,
Russian or Greek. An American may also be Mexican, African,
Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab or
Pakistani or Afghan. An American may also be a Cherokee,
Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache or one of the many other tribes
know as native Americans
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.
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
American does not have to obey the mad ravings of ignorant, 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 one 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.
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.
welcome the best, but they also welcome the least. The
national 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 American.
Some 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 blood thirsty
tyrant in the history of the world. But in doing so you are
killing yourself because Americans are not a particular people from
a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human
spirit of freedom. So look around you. You may find more
Americans in your land that 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 will too join
the community of free and prosperous nations.