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Old 10-17-2001, 06:22 PM   #1
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USA "The Good Neighbor"

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, war- mongering 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 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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Old 10-17-2001, 06:26 PM   #2
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This was written in 1973, pre-dating the self-absorption of the 1980s.

But I must agree with most of it still today. Where is the rest of the world when we are in trouble? But, in way too many instances, we are expected to be there when the world is in trouble.

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Old 10-17-2001, 06:31 PM   #3
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Thanks Ouizy..
That's one of the greatest articles I have read in a long time. I had seen it awhile back, but couldn't find it, nor couldn't remember who had wrote it..

Melon, did you get my message on the other thread where my boss had me post, then I apologized to you for cutting and pasting it in the wrong thread??
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Old 10-17-2001, 06:38 PM   #4
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Hey, BV. I knew it was from your boss. Perhaps I just awkwardly phrased it in that other post.

And I'm glad that you still read my writings! BTW, where is your boss from in Michigan? Just curious...

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"He had lived through an age when men and women with energy and ruthlessness but without much ability or persistence excelled. And even though most of them had gone under, their ignorance had confused Roy, making him wonder whether the things he had striven to learn, and thought of as 'culture,' were irrelevant. Everything was supposed to be the same: commercials, Beethoven's late quartets, pop records, shopfronts, Freud, multi-coloured hair. Greatness, comparison, value, depth: gone, gone, gone. Anything could give some pleasure; he saw that. But not everything provided the sustenance of a deeper understanding." - Hanif Kureishi, Love in a Blue Time
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Old 10-17-2001, 06:54 PM   #5
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Melon..For a long time he always asks me what you are up to. I tell him as much as I can about yourself. I think that since you are a fellow Michiganan, he just admires you even more.

I personally think it's just the way you write posts he mostly admires you for.

Saginaw, Michigan..
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Quote:
Originally posted by melon:
This was written in 1973, pre-dating the self-absorption of the 1980s.
That is true.

There have been quite a few problems since. Kyoto was one. And as cheesy as it sounds, the softwood lumber tax the US is imposing now has created quite a pickle.
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