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Re: Gordon Sinclair's editorial

Title: Re: Gordon Sinclair's editorial
Dear Andrea,

As an American who has lived overseas in various continents most of my life, I have heard all the put-downs possible, but there is a lot of truth in the article you put on the list.  Thanks.

Suzanne Sinclair
Auckland, New Zealand
From: "Andrea A. Ferguson" <fergus@worldnetla.net>
To: <sinclair@mids.org>
Subject: Re: Gordon Sinclair's editorial
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 5:46 AM

This article echoes the thoughts voiced by my mother so many times.
My mom is a Sinclair and a native Canadian.  It is very nice to see
it in print.
Best wishes,
Andrea Ferguson
> > Canadian's thoughts on America
> > >
> > >Interesting - a defense of America from someone else.
> > >
> > >This comes from a Canadian newspaper about America. A remarkable
> > >editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian
> > >television commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant
> > >remarks as printed in the congressional Record:
> > >
> > >"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 Inter- national 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!"