[Elfsea] Fwd: Fw: Tribute

Stacy Dickey medievalbelle at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 12 17:55:17 PDT 2001

> We should appreciate this one.  This is from a Canadian newspaper,
> it's
> worth sharing.
> America: The Good Neighbor.
> Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a
> remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a
> Canadian
> television commentator.  What follows is the full text of his
> trenchant
> remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:
> "This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as
> the most
> generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the
> earth.
> Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were
> lifted out
> of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of
> dollars and
> forgave other billions in debts.  None of these countries is today
> paying
> even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.
> When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the
> Americans who
> propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on
> the
> streets of Paris.  I was there.  I saw it.
> When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that
> hurries
> in to help.  This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by
> tornadoes.  Nobody helped.
> The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars
> into
> discouraged countries.  Now newspapers in those countries are
> writing about
> the decadent, warmongering Americans.  I'd like to see just one of
> those
> countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States
> dollar
> build its own airplane.  Does any other country in the world have a
> plane
> to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the
> Douglas DC10?
> If so, why don't they fly them?  Why do all the International lines
> except
> Russia fly American Planes?
> Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or
> woman on the
> moon?  You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios.
> You talk
> about German technocracy, and you get automobiles.  You talk about
> American
> technocracy, and you find men on the moon, not once, but several
> times and
> safely home again.
> You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the
> store
> window for everybody to look at.  Even their draft-dodgers are not
> pursued
> and hounded.  They are here on our streets, and most of them,
> unless they
> are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma
> and pa at
> home to spend here.
> When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down
> through
> age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them.  When the Pennsylvania
> Railroad
> and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old
> caboose.
> Both are still broke.
> I can name you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of
> other
> people in trouble.  Can you name me even one time when someone else
> raced
> to the Americans in trouble?  I don't think there was outside help
> even
> during the San Francisco earthquake.
> Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is
> damned tired
> of hearing them get kicked around.  They will come out of this
> thing with
> their flag high.  And when they do, they are entitled to thumb
> their nose
> at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles.  I hope
> Canada
> is not one of those."
> Stand proud, America
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