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Re: do you know this gordon sinclair?


Gordon Sinclair was a loveable, hateable, curmudgeon, and an icon of
Canadian radio,
television and news for many, many years.  He always said precisely what he
regardless of popular opinion.  He was usually right, but was man enough to
admit it when he was proven otherwise.  We lost a great Canadian when he
passed away some
years ago.


PS - most Canadians agreed with him at the time he recorded this opinion!

John S. Quarterman wrote:

> Incidentally, I believe Lloyd's of London paid for much of the insurance
> for the 1905 S.F. Earthquake.
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> > 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!"
> >
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