[De Vita In Excessum] Something Interesting

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  • Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 17:04:22 EDT

De Vita In Excessum: Whispers from the World of Darkness
- I found this on a gaming board I often read:

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 

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! 

- Crys

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