"Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive.
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. 'Look! Up in
the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!' Yes, it's
Superman. Strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth
with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman,
who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his
bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered
reporter for a great Metropolitan newspaper fights a never-ending
battle for truth, justice and the American way."
- The Preamble to the 1950's Superman Serial
"My grandmother came from Russia,
A satchel on her knee;
My grandfather had his father's cap
He brought from Italy.
They'd heard about a country
Where life might let them win,
They paid the fare to America
And there they melted in.
Lovely Lady Liberty,
With her book of recipes,
And the finest one she's got
Is the great American meltin' pot.
The great American meltin' pot."
- Schoolhouse Rock's 'The Great American Melting Pot'
by Lynn Ahrens
February 4th, 2003
Joie Petit submitted this. I'm not sure who wrote
this, and a similar one has gone around, but this is really
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
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 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 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 person 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
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.. Some of them were working in the
Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better
life for their families. I've been
told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least
30 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 Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and every
bloodthirsty 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 of freedom.
Everyone who holds to that
spirit, everywhere, is an American.