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This should be read with Lee Greenwood singing in the background. This is
an editorial from Canada about the United States of 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 follow 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. Non of these countries is today paying
even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the Franc 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 distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that
hurries in to help.
This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody

The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into
discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about
the decadent, war mongering Americans.

I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the
erosion of the United States Dollar build it's own airplane. Does any other
country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the
Lockheed Tristar, or the Douglas 10? If so, why don't they fly them? 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 -- and safely home again.

You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store
window for everyone 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 5,000 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.

Think about it!!
Dan Stewart 1963 CJ5 "Caloosa Jeepers" member


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WOW, I read this last night at a friends house, nice to see it on the BBS.

I know it's cruel and inhumane, but I think we should start taking actions against those countries that aren't paying us back. "Time to get down off the shoulders boys, it's getting too hard to carry the burden any further." "War? Go fight your own damn war until you pay us the $300 Million from the last one."

I find it typical of this government to GIVE money to countries and never expect it to be paid back, then offer LOW INTEREST LOANS to our own inhabitants and require it to be paid back.

'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
GM151/SM465/NP205/7" Lift/33" Swampers/D44's F&R 4.10's & Lockrights

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Isn't that the truth! Having traveled quite a bit throughout the world
its always interesting to see other nationalities armchair quarterback U.S.
policy. Even with the current assault on the bill of rights and individual
sovereignty, this country remains the last best hope. Praise the Lord and
pass the ammunition.


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One story I've heard is about when the French kicked all US Troops from France and withdrew from NATO in the 1950s. It is said that during the meeting between DeGaulle and the American ambassador that the American said something to the effect: "Mr. President, do you wish all American soldiers to leave, including the ones in their graves at Normandy? Or shall they be allowed to remain?

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