This editorial was broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair
on 5 June 1973
as the United States was withdrawing from Vietnam.
It later was printed in the U.S. Congressional Record.
The text here is the one forwarded by
that set off the round of discussion on the
Sinclair Discussion List.
is also available.
"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
"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
"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!"
Gordon Sinclair (1900-1984)
The famous Canadian
Sinclair wrote the essay included on the right here.
He was the first honorary president of
Clan Sinclair Canada.
Here is a
more to say about him.
From: Toni Sinclair <firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 10:17:18 -0400
Gordon Sinclair was a loveable, hateable, curmudgeon, and an icon of
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
PS - most Canadians agreed with him at the time he recorded this opinion!
From: "Rory Sinclair"
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 21:44:24 -0500
Gordon Sinclair was a well-known Canadian Journalist < feisty and told it
like it was < at least according to Gordon! He was the first Honourary
President of our Clan Sinclair Association here in Canada and was an
aquaintance of my father, Edward G. Sinclair founder of C.S.A.C. There was
a recording of this by Gordon himself with lottsa violins and schmalz but
it was a big hit both here and south of the border.
From: "Ken W Sinclair"
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 11:20:04 -0600
My father W.H.C. Sinclair, Manitoba Canada, bought one of Gordon Sinclair's
books for me at Christmas when I was about eleven years old. I am now sixty
seven years old.
He wrote many books of adventure, not as good as Jack London though.
Ken W Sinclair MB Canada
From: Gordon Holmes
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 18:12:50 -0800
Gordon Sinclair was also a permenent member of "Front Page Challange". A
show where the panel had to guess the news story or NewsMaker. As a kid,
I watched this every week. One could accuse Gordon Sinclair of
bad choices in clothing, but not a man who lacked facts and opinions.
Gordon Vaughan Sinclair Holmes
From: Wanda Sinclair <email@example.com
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 22:14:22 -0500
Gordon Sinclair is a famous Canadian. He was a war correspondent for the
was also a panelist on Frontpage Challenge Canadian T.V. Show.
The following is what I have on his family.
John1 SINCLAIR. He married Catherine FERGUSON.
They had 1 child:
+ 2. M i. George Alexander "Sandy" SINCLAIR, born 1874, died Oct 1951
George Alexander "Sandy"2 SINCLAIR <See pg. 1> (John1) was born 1874. He
was the son of John SINCLAIR and Catherine FERGUSON. George died Oct 1951,
at the age of 77. He married Bessie Goldie EESLEY 7 Sep 1898 in Toronto.
She was born 1872/1873. She was the daughter of Albert Robert EESLEY and
Jennie. Bessie died 30 Sep 1958/1959, at the age of 86. They had 3
NOTES for George:
!OCCUPATION: Piano Finisher.
+ 3. M i. Gordon Alan SINCLAIR, born 3 Jun 1900, died 17 May 1984 <See
4. M ii. Murray SINCLAIR.
+ 5. M iii. George Garfield SINCLAIR, born 14 Feb 1916 <See pg. 2>.
Gordon Alan3 SINCLAIR <See pg. 2> (George2, John1) was born 3 Jun 1900
in Toronto. He was the son of George Alexander "Sandy" SINCLAIR and Bessie
Goldie EESLEY. Gordon died 17 May 1984 in Etobicoke, at the age of 83. He
married Gladys PREWETT 8 May 1926 in Toronto. She was the daughter of
Arthur PREWETT. Gladys died 1 Feb 1987. They had 4 children:
NOTES for Gordon:
6. M i. Gordon SINCLAIR.
7. M ii. Donald SINCLAIR.
8. F iii. Jean SINCLAIR.
9. M iv. John SINCLAIR.
George Garfield3 SINCLAIR <See pg. 2> (George2, John1) was born 14 Feb
1916. He is the son of George Alexander "Sandy" SINCLAIR and Bessie Goldie
EESLEY. His spouse has not been identified.They had 3 children:
10. M i. Ian SINCLAIR.
11. F ii. Nancy SINCLAIR.
12. F iii. Catriona SINCLAIR.
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