Maybe someone would like to read this editorial from a Canadian newspaper.
TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES
This, from a Canadian newspaper, no less, 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.
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!
Why all this hostility towards the countries you mentioned? Britain has pledged its support to America and has supplied spy facilities and air bases for years.
Can someone find the date for this editorial. I have been told it was written in the early-70's. If that is true then it never should've been passed around since it makes it seem like it was written in the aftermath of the disaster on Tuesday.
From a friend who is a history buff:
"This editorial was originally aired as a radio
broadcast on June 5, 1973, on the occasion of the withdrawal of American forces from southeast Asia!
The author was the famous Canadian journalist Gordon Sinclair, who passed away in 1984.
FYI, this was read into the Congressional Record for the second time a few nights ago (it was first read into the CR in 1973) with no credit to the author nor any acknowledgment that it was written almost 30 years ago."
While this editorial is interesting it is being passed around in a manner that I feel is wrong. Too many are leaving out the proper credit and fail to mention when it was written.
I first saw this on Wednesday in an email I received and thought okay which Canadian paper published this today. Two days later I found out the correct date and was pissed since I learned it was not written in reference to the events on tuesday. I thought the fact that it was passed around was deceptive.
The other problem I have with this is that the editorial has been changed from its original transcription. I don't think France was collapsing in the 1950's. I believe he originally said the Franc was in danger of collapse. My boyfriend checked this out to confirm it.
I was just having a conversation with someone else about this editorial tonight and they are too are mad that it is being passed around.
My friend said it is out of context and while it is a morale booster for American's in general which is fine, it is made to seem like it was written in response to the WTC and Pentagon attack. Oh well, what can you do.