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For those of you who question what it means to be America
For those of you who question what it means to be America.. dont ever forget it.|
Original Broadcast June 5, 1973 CFRB, Toronto,
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Widespread but only partial news coverage was given
recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from
Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television
commentator. What follows is the full text of his
remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:
"The United States dollar took another pounding on
French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the
point ever known in West Germany. It has declined
41% since 1971 and this Canadian thinks it is time to
up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly
the least-appreciated people in all the world.
As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to
I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtse.
Who rushed in with menand money to help? The Americans
They have helped control floods on the Nile, the
Ganges and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of
Mississippi is under water 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
in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in
debts. None of
those countries is today paying even the interest on
debts to the United States.
When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it
Americans who propped it up and their reward was to be
and swindled on the streets of Paris. And I was there.
I saw that.
When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the
that hurries into help... Managua Nicaragua is one of
the most recent
examples. So far this spring, 59 American communities
flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.
The Marshall Plan... the Truman Policy... all pumped
billions of dollars into discouraged countries. And
in those countries are writing about the decadent
I'd like to see one of those countries that is
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
lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no
on earth even consider putting a man or a women on the
You talk about Japanese technocracy and you get
You talk about German technocracy and you get
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 the draft
not pursued and hounded. They are right here on our
streets in Toronto,
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 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
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 of them are still broke. I can name
to you 5,000 times
when the Americans raced to the help of other people
Can you name to 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
Our neighbours 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 noses at the
lands that are gloating over their present troubles.
I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many
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
has taken it all and nobody... but nobody... has
Stand proud, America!