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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!

This is one of the best editorials that I have ever
read regarding the
United States. It is nice
that one man realizes it. I only wish that the
rest of the world would realize it. We are always blamed
for everything and never even get a thank you
for the things we do.

I would hope that each of you would send
this to as many people as you can and emphasize that
they should send it to as many of their friends
until this letter is sent to every person on the web. I
am just a single American that has read this.
I SURE HOPE THAT A
LOT MORE READ IT SOON.