Conservative Issues: “Amerian the Generous” or “America the Terrible?”

by CJFosdick on January 19, 2009

(This has been excerpted from an editorial broadcast by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator.  I have added a few comments of my own, which will be in bold. A full text of these comments is printed in the Congressional Record. Webpage updated 1/16/09)

America is the most generous and possibly the least appreciated country on earth. After World War II, America lifted our enemies, Germany, Italy, and Japan, out of the rubble of desolation by pouring billions of dollars into these countries to rebuild, and forgave other billions in debts. These countries today are not making any effort to repay the remainder of their debts.

“When France was in danger of collapsing 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.” After World War II, the Truman Policy and the Marshall Plan pumped billions more dollars into discouraged countries, helping them rebuild. Newspapers in these countries today are writing about the “decadent, warmongering Americans”…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.”

Talk about American technology, and you find men into space, not once but to the place that these flights have become almost routine. The American Jumbo Jet is flown by countries world-wide. Why do all the International lines fly American planes except Russia? The other countries don’t make planes. “Talk about Japanese technology and you get radios. Talk about German technology, and you get Automobiles. Talk about American technology, and you find men on the moon.” American medicine — the best in the world. People come to America for health care if they can. American autos, not so popular here, but overseas, American auto sales far outstrip those of the Germans and Japanese.

I can name you 5000 times Americans raced to help other countries in trouble. When was the last time others rushed to help America? Possibly Katrina? Look what President Bush did in seven years? Liberated 50 million people and gave them a democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan. He saved something like 25 million people in Africa from Aides and Malaria, with a ripple effect of saving millions more in the years to come. Absolutely Remarkable! Yet the overseas drum-beat of “America the Terrible” continues.

America has faced it alone, and I am one Canadian who is tired of hearing America get kicked around. America will come out of this with its head held high. “And when they (Americans) do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over our present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those. Stand proud, America!”

Thank you for you support, Mr. Gordon Sinclair. You what to know something? “America the Generous” will not thumb its nose. This is not the kind of country we are.

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