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Tribute to the United States

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
    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! Wear it proudly!!
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