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THANKS AUSTRALIA - March 29, 2007

Thank you, Australia!

Written by an Australian dentist, and submitted by Patty Johnson:

“To Kill An American: You probably missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was actually a report in a newspaper where someone in Pakistan had offered 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 could recognize one:

‘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 Sept. 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 Sept. 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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When I read something like this, it warms my heart, but also shakes me. It starts with us here in Calhoun County. We cannot be complacent about our gifts. They are not rights, they are gifts. Gifts that must be maintained, improved and polished. Through the years, from the first settlers until now, people have shed blood and given their lives that we may keep our gifts.

Wake up, Calhoun County! Remember, solutions to problems start at home. Elections are coming up. Know the platforms of the candidates, know their moral ethics, know their visions for the future. We do have a future.

Prepare to vote by being informed!

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