TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES
This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing. America:
Good Neighbor Widespread but only partial news coverage
was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from
by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator.
What follows is the full text of his 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 depts. None
of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.
When the France
was in danger of collapsing in 1956, t 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 no body 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, warm ongoing 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.
talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right on 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 5000 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 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!"
This is one of the best
editorials that I have ever read
regarding the United States. It is nice that one man realizes it, I only wish that
the rest of the world would realize it. We are always blamed for everything and never even get a thank you for the things
we do. I would hope that each of you would send this to as many people as you can and emphasize that they should send it
to as many of their friends until this letter is sent to every person on the web. I am just a single American that has read
I SURE HOPE THAT A LOT MORE READ IT SOON.