Happy Independence Day

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Although I’m Canadian, I want to wish my large circle of friends in the United States, a very Happy Independence Day.

Holly’s friend Colby, who’s a rescue dog from the States, sent this beautiful video of an assortment of fireworks.  My favorite is the last one – what’s yours?

(Thanks, Colby, Denise, and Al – I enjoyed the fireworks!)

During my career, I worked with many Americans, some of whom I’ve kept in touch with after retiring in 2005.

And that circle of friends increased a few years ago when I started walking with the Northwest Tulip Trekkers Walking Club in Bellingham, Washington.

So, it breaks my heart to watch them suffer through the Covid19 pandemic that has caused so much pain, suffering, and the loss of so many precious lives on the planet.

And the USA has had it much worse than other countries.

Today, as they celebrate one of their most important and cherished days of the year, I’d like to honor them with a few words from the heart.

My regular readers know that I don’t write about politics or religion; I leave that to the pundits.

Instead, I’d much rather write about the positive things in life.

If you’ve read all of my stories, you’ve probably seen my tributes to the USA, including an article that was written many years ago by the late Gordon Sinclair, a well-known, and beloved Canadian journalist.

Here is what Gordon Sinclair wrote:

The Americans by Gordon Sinclair (CFRB-Radio in Toronto on June 5, 1973)

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French, and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971, and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtze. Who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did.

They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges, and the Niger. Today, the rich bottomland of the Mississippi is underwater, and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. 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 those 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…Managua Nicaragua is one of the most recent examples. So far this spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.

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

I’d like to see one of those countries that are gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes.

Come on…let’s hear it! 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 do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or women 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 everyone to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, most of them…unless they are breaking Canadian laws…are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here.

When the Americans get out of this bind…as they will…who could blame them if they said “the hell with the rest of the world.” Let someone else buy the Israel bonds. Let someone else build or repair foreign dams or design foreign buildings that won’t shake apart in earthquakes.

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 to 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 earthquake.

Our neighbors have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them 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 these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians. And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.

This year’s disasters…with the year less than half-over…has taken it all and nobody…but nobody…has helped.

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Every time I read that article, my eyes fill with tears.  And I’ve read it several times over the years.

Here are some recent stories I’ve written about the USA.

Click to view:

September 2019 – Any Gum, Chum?

March 2020 – Dear Uncle Sam 

Although I live fifteen minutes from the border to the USA and usually travel there twice a week, the border has been closed for about 3 months and isn’t due to re-open until the end of July.

I really miss walking with my American friends but we stay in touch by email.

So, on their July 4th celebration, I’d like to ask that you pour yourself a cup of whatever you have available and join me in a toast to our American brothers and sisters.

And please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Dedicated to my American friends

I hope my stories are a gift to your head and heart.

Hugs,

Danny

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Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

Abraham, Martin, and John – lyrics

Anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good, they die young
You know I just looked around and he’s gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good, they die young
I just looked around and he’s gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good, they die young
I just looked around and he’s gone.

Didn’t you love the things that they stood for?
Didn’t they try to find some good in you and me?
And we’ll be free,
Someday soon it’s gonna be one thing!

Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill
With Abraham, Martin, and John.

Songwriters: Richard Holler
Abraham, Martin and John lyrics © Regent Music Corporation, Stonehenge Music

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An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).

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