Re: FW: Tribute to the United States

From:Connie McManus

Someone else also shared this editorial and I wish to thank both of you for
doing so. It brought tears to my eyes.  If any one knows how to e-mail Mr.
Sinclair, let me know.... I would like to personally thank him for writing

Connie McManus

At 12:28 PM 9/13/01 -0400, Connolly, Brett M wrote:
>Below is an editorial from our great neighbors to the North. Though we may,
>at times, be perceived as arrogant or full of ourselves by some nations, I
>thank Gordon Sinclair for remembering we are also ALWAYS there to respond to
>any international crisis.
>God Bless Canada,
>Brett M. Connolly, Ph.D.
>Subject: Tribute to the United States
> May this encourage Americans on a day like today.
> This, from a Canadian newspaper, is 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 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
>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! Wear it proudly!!

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