View Full Version : Gordon Sinclair: The Americans

09-14-2001, 12:57 AM
This editorial was broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair on June 5, 1973 as the United States was withdrawing from Vietnam. It later was printed in the U.S. Congressional Record. A very fitting editorial - event today:


"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 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 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. The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, war-mongering 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 DC-10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International Airlines 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 American 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'm 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, Americans!"



09-14-2001, 08:45 AM
Thanks Scott

09-14-2001, 11:04 AM
As another Canadian... I have to agree ... glad you posted this Scott... :)

09-14-2001, 06:11 PM
Thanks for this, Scott!
As a Canadian, I hear much of the negative talk about Americans (have to admit I've even done some :o ).
But, there are many lessons we and other nations in the world can learn from the US.
The first that comes to mind is patriotism. I am Canadian and proud of it, but very seldom say it. Americans say it all the time, and show their flags with pride. It is important, and I'm envious of the community that builds in your country.

The second is faith. It saddens me to see how our government officials responded to this tradegy compared to yours.
President Bush encouraged prayer, and quoted scripture in his address to the nation.
Your government officials stood on the steps and sang "God bless America!"
Premier Klein (Alberta government) said we'd have a minute or two of silence for you. It just doesn't have the same impact!

Anyways, all of this is just to show my desire to support and encourage all of you through this. My love and prayers go out to you.

09-14-2001, 10:54 PM
I must say that I was deeply moved by seeing, and hearing, the singing of the American national anthem by a Canadian singer at a ceremony today in Canada.

It was truly, truly moving.

09-14-2001, 11:13 PM
This summer on an art workshop, in Mass., a group of French Canadiens (not sure if this title is correct) were riding Harleys and staying at the same Inn. They spoke a french? language that we could not understand very well, but we managed to communicate.

The last day, as they were leaving, one of the men asked me, as best he could to let the Inn owner know how much they appreciated everything, then he asked if they had disturbed us, which they didn't. (our group of artists probably disturbed them) then he asked, just before they left,

" Is it a holiday? Why are there flags flying everywhere?"

I explained as best I could, that we just loved to fly our flags and that it meant something to us.

He told me, "I like that."

09-15-2001, 01:33 AM
Thanks for posting Scott. I agree, you should be proud being American. I respect your President Bush, a wise President. My prayers for America. God Bless You All in America.