A Tribute you the United States

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    Robert Harden
    (9/5/01 5:47:17 pm)
    A Tribute you the United States
    This came from a Canadian newspaper, it is worth sharing. 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:

    "America: The Good Neighbor"

    This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the American's 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 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 sick and tired of hearing about 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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    (9/5/01 6:09:39 pm)
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    Watch out, this guy wants something from us, either him or Canada.

    (9/5/01 6:27:12 pm)
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    Canada Sucks.........
    "am not" R2

    9/5/01 6:49:39 pm)
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    Great post..Thanks RH.

    (9/5/01 7:00:07 pm)
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    Now guys, this particular Canadian meant what he said - and he said it on the airwaves quite some time ago.

    At least one foreigner knew how to honor this country properly - if not with deeds at least by being willing to publically broadcast his thanks.

    (9/6/01 8:53:58 am)
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    I have a bunch of friends "North Of The Border" (or "Upper U.S." as I tell 'em).....when we're together we hack the hell out of each other......the exchange rate (the Canadian Peso) and US politics (The Bananna Rebpublic to our South, eh?)....and many other things.

    We get along great, and they're damn nice people.

    (9/6/01 9:04:22 am)
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    Stand up!
    Place your right hand over your heart,
    And SING OUT LOUD... O say can you see...

    Never forget those who have gone before us.

    Proud to be an American!

    (9/6/01 10:43:07 am)
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    Good Post! LTS do not paint all Canadiens with the same brush, just as you would not do that to Americans (or those who post up on these boards). If, however you are speakinging of "french canadians" that could be another story.
    I can just see dan rather, tom brokaw, or peter jennings saying those things. YEAH, RITE!!
    lower case intentionally used.

    (9/11/01 10:56:40 am)
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    In light of what has happened, I thought it was appropriate to bring this post back to the top.

    Lets see how many countries come to our aid at a time like this. You know we would be there for them. As a matter of fact relief efforts from the U.S. would be under way already.
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