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Canadian Commentator Praises America in Highest of Terms
E-mail ^ | ? | Gordon Sinclair

Posted on 09/15/2001 7:39:13 AM PDT by liberalism=failure

Subject: America the helpful


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 the franc 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 technology, and you get radios. You talk about German technology, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technology, 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 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!

TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Editorial
I'm not certain of its genuineness, but certainly the truths contained within are.
1 posted on 09/15/2001 7:39:13 AM PDT by liberalism=failure
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To: liberalism=failure
oops didn't mean to put this in activism, sorry.
2 posted on 09/15/2001 7:40:27 AM PDT by liberalism=failure
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To: liberalism=failure
That particular piece, although quite true, has been circulating so much, I am tired of seeing it. It is from 1973 and has hit my e-mail box 20+ times this week.
4 posted on 09/15/2001 7:45:32 AM PDT by TheBattman
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To: liberalism=failure
Beautiful commentary, but not recent. It dates to 1973.
5 posted on 09/15/2001 7:46:01 AM PDT by I Luv Bush
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To: liberalism=failure
Welcome to FR, l=f.
6 posted on 09/15/2001 7:47:29 AM PDT by gg188
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To: liberalism=failure
I'm gonna scream if I see this posted one - more - time...
7 posted on 09/15/2001 7:55:24 AM PDT by TomServo
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Oh heck, these are our first cousins once removed,,I love 'em. They are wonderful.
8 posted on 09/15/2001 7:56:32 AM PDT by cajungirl
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To: I Luv Bush
"Beautiful commentary, but not recent. It dates to 1973."

Yup, good but VERY old. It was made into a hit record by Byron MacGregor (now deceased), at the time News Director of radio station CKLW - Windsor/Detroit. I knew him well, and know his widow. Sinclair himself also passed some time ago.


9 posted on 09/15/2001 8:14:50 AM PDT by Wright is right!
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