[Dixielandjazz] Just too good

BillSargentDrums at aol.com BillSargentDrums at aol.com
Thu Feb 20 14:48:40 PST 2003

Considering a few of the posts in the past couple of weeks, this was just too 
good not to post.

(Musical content: America The Beautiful)

An American 

You probably missed it in the rush of news last week, 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 the following to let everyone know what an 
American is, so they would know when they found one. 

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, a Japanese, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or 
Pakistani, or Afghan. An American may also be aCherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, 
Navaho, Apache 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 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 

(Musical content: God Bless America)

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 twenty years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to 
enable the people to win back their country. As of the morning of September 
11, 2001, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in 

(Musical content: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?)

Americans welcome the best -- the best products, the best books, the best 
music, the best food, the best athletes. 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. 

(Musical content: This Is My Country)

Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September11, 
earning a better life for their families. I've been told that the World Trade 
Center victims were from at least thirty other 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 
Too, and Stalin, and Mao, and every blood thirsty tyrant in the History of 
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 and freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, 
is an American. 

(Musical content: Battle Hymn Of The Republic)

Lets pass THIS around the World. 

(Musical content: Banjos, Washboards, Kazoos . . . and they all died from 
cirosis of the liver.)

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