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Clay on Maritime TV – the end of US Merchant Marine debate

Posted on | March 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

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  1. Victoria Blackwood
    April 8th, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    Clay’s views come the closest of this series interviewees to stating what the current US Administration MOST needs to understand about US Merchant Mariners: THEY ARE OUR CONTRY’S UNSUNG & BEST FRONT LINE OF DIPLOMACY! As members of our planet’s oldest worldcentric team (seafarers), they adhere to global versus nationalist policies that are grounded in UN endorsed common workforce performance training, business ethics, and standards of behavior. Every day US mariners quietly and efficiently bring the best of America to the people of the world. And in the process do more for positive US/Foreign relations than any jet setting negotiating team, multinational corporate merger, financial pay out, or mighty military could ever accomplish. Deprive the world of these face to face, hand to hand proud American working men and women and isolationist, protectionist behaviors will continue to surface and gain strength until fear of the unknown ultimately destroys us. U.S. Mariners embody the developed citizenry Mark Twain calls for here: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”? Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

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