Thursday, March 22, 2012

THE CANADIANS

Canada, you know, that country just north of us. The one that borders just over 3,000 miles to our
north, yea, that one. As Americans we don't think about Canada that much, I guess we've gotten really
comfortable with them being their. In many towns and villages along the boarder there have family
members on both sides of the boarder, at one time you could just walk down the block cross over
the boarder to see a family member. Yea, can't do that anymore, with terrorist and all that, you now
need a passport to walk up the street, well you really can't walk up the street and cross the boarder
you have to go to a boarder crossing first. Canada and the U.S. have a lot in common with each other,
we drive on the same side of the road, speak the same language, well, most of Canada speaks the
same language. We as Americans owe Canada some over do respect, at times they have gone the
extra mile in our behalf. On June 5 1973, Canadian radio commentator Gordon Sinclair delivered a      stirring pro-American editorial Called "The Americans". You can hear the speech on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ_okAgAUGE
Do you remember the Iran Hostage Crisis, it was the Canadians who snuck out six Americans from 
Iran, at great risk to themselves. When we were in Vietnam and Canada was neutral, thousands of
Canadians served in the U.S. military, as thousands of Americans fled to Canada to avoid the draft,
kind of a culture exchange in a weird way. At the Vietnam Memorial Wall in D.C. their are about
80 names of  Canadians who died in Vietnam fighting with us. And did you know their are 54
Canadians who earned  the U.S. Medal Of Honor, not to shabby hey. The Canadians have had
our backs in every war we fought, OK, there was this Revolutionary War thing, and the war of 1812, oh yea, their was this 54/40 or fight border
dispute in 1844, but ever since then, they have had our backs.

Bruce Knipp