Stand Proud America!

  1. I'm sure by now many of you have received this email- but to be sure, I wanted to share it with you.

    This is from a Canadian newspaper and IS worth sharing.......

    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 broadcast.

    "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 earth quakes 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

    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 am 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!
    Last edit by cargal on Sep 12, '01
  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   debbyed
    I ish I knew how to contact this person, just to say Thank you.
  4. by   fergus51
    There have been several similar editorials and commentaries in our newspapers and television programs. For all the good natured ribbing we sometimes give our neighbors to the south about accents and igloos, it is clear that Canadians feel a solidarity with Americans that can't compare to our relationship with any other country in the world. We are all shocked and horrified at this attack as if it were one of our cities. Knowing there were undoubtedly Canadians and other foreigners killed in the attacks also brings home the fact that this is not an American tragedy alone, rather it is a human tragedy felt around the world.
  5. by   SteveRN

    The 'Tribute to America' quote going around was originally broadcast in 1973 by Canadian journalist Gordon Sinclair, I believe. He died in 1984. The sentiments, nonetheless, are very welcome at this time.

  6. by   CEN35
    changed...........tired of the crap.........forget it

    Last edit by CEN35 on Sep 13, '01
  7. by   oramar
    One local TV station around here broad cast this article and even gave the newscasters name. I do not think they have a clue that some people are saying the article is 30 years old and the guy who wrote it has been dead for 15 years. Strangely when it arrived in my mail box I thought it was faintly familar. Something to do with the Vietnam War/
  8. by   nurs4kids
    I don't care when or why it was written. It is very fitting for the present. This morning when I first heard it over the radio, I cried. This time, I wasn't crying for the same reasons many have cried the past few days. It was just wonderful to hear someone other than another American, have the faith and pride the America that we all share. A little pat on the back is a big boost when you're down. It's a real "picker-upper". Thanks Canadian's..I think we all feel you are our "sister" country.
  9. by   -jt
    It doesnt matter when it was written. Sinclair gave that editorial years ago during the Watergate/Nixon crisis. His words remain true & can be applied here today. I think they should re-run that broadcast many many times. I doubt your news guy didnt know how old it was. He probably just thought it still applied. And it does.

    Heres an editorial I came across:

    editorial -
    Leonard Pitts / Miami Herald

    Wednesday, September 12, 2001

    "We'll go forward from this moment

    It's my job to have something to say.

    They pay me to provide words that help make sense of that which  troubles the American soul. But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering.

    You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard.

    What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our World Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was, please know that you failed.

    Did you want us to respect your cause?  You just damned your cause.

    Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.

    Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.

    Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family,  a family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae -- a singer's revealing  dress,  a ball team's misfortune, a cartoon mouse.

    We're wealthy, too, spoiled  by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe  because of that, we walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though -- peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.

    Some people -- you, perhaps -- think that any or all of this makes us weak. You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways  that cannot be measured by arsenals.


    Yes, we're in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock. We're still grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to make ourselves understand that this isn't a special effect  from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn't the plot development from a Tom  Clancy novel. Both in terms of the awful scope of their ambition and the  probable final death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism in
    the history of the United States and, probably, the  history of the world.

    You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied  before. But there's a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making  us fall. This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the  last time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such abrupt and monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force. When
    provoked by this level of barbarism, we  will bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.

    I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as  you,  I think, do not. What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble  with dread of the future.

    In the days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation,  fingers pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what  can  be done to prevent it from happening again. There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms.  We'll go forward from this moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too. Unimaginably determined.


    You see, the steel in us is not always readily apparent. That aspect  of our character is seldom understood by people who don't know us well.  On this day, the family's bickering is put on hold.

    As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as  Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish.

    So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me  that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that's the case, consider the message received. And take this message in  exchange: You don't know my people. You don't know what we're capable of. You don't know what you just started.

    But you're about to learn."

    Leonard Pitts / Miami Herald

    Published Wednesday, September 12, 2001
  10. by   -jt
    Don't know who the author was but they said it pretty damn good........

    "An open letter to a terrorist:

    Well, you hit the World Trade Center, but you missed America.
    You hit the Pentagon, but you missed America.
    You used helpless American bodies to take out other American bodies, but like a poor marksman, you STILL missed America.

    Why? Because of something you guys will never understand.
    America isn't about a building or two, not about financial centers, not about military centers.
    America isn't about a place. America isn't even about a bunch of bodies.

    America is about an IDEA.
    An idea, that you can go someplace where you can earn as much as you can figure out how to, live for the most part like you envisioned living, and pursue Happiness.
    (No guarantees that you'll reach it, but you can sure try!)

    Go ahead and whine your terrorist whine, and chant your terrorist litany:
    "If you can not see my point, then feel my pain."
    This concept is alien to Americans.
    We live in a country where we don't have to see your point.
    But you're free to have one.
    We don't have to listen to your speech. But you're free to say one.
    Don't know where you got the strange idea that everyone has to agree with you.

    There's a spirit that tends to take over people who come to this country, looking for opportunity, looking for liberty, looking for freedom.
    Even if they misuse it.

    You guys seem to be incapable of understanding that we don't live in America,
    America lives in US!
    American Spirit is what it's called.
    And killing a few thousand of us, or a few million of us, won't change it.
    Most of the time, it's a pretty happy-go-lucky kind of Spirit.
    Until we're crossed in a cowardly manner, then it becomes an entirely different kind of Spirit.

    Wait until you see what we do with that Spirit, this time.
    Sleep tight, if you can. We're coming. "