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To those of you in New York, I hope this e-mail finds you and your loved
ones alive and unhurt. I hope all of you everywhere are okay.I am very lucky
as of yet, I don't of any of my friends or family who were physically hurt.
My thoughts and hopes go out to all of you. I thought maybe some of you out
there just might appreciate something uplifting in this time of horror.

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

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!!

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'm
just a single American that has read this,


Source: Robert Goodman(

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