For many years, Canada and United States have had friendly borders,
sincere understandings and respect for the principles and mandates
of each country. It is my observation, however, that Canadians
know more about our American counterpart than they do about us...
(perhaps because of our extensive travel in US).
A US citizen states, “We are those who live in neighbourhoods and towns who try to
help neighbours who take pride in our country and its ideals and who do our best
every day to maintain the dreams and visions of our forefathers.
We contribute to the world.”
The below transcript of Gordon Sinclair's broadcast June 5, 1973, is as valid today
as yesterday when written and presented. Gordon Sinclair (from Toronto, Ontario)
was a Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his
trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record.
Tribute to the United States of America
America...the Good Neighbour!
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 France 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 warmongering 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 DC10? If so, why don't they
fly them? Why do all the International lines, except Russia fly
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
When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down 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 are still broke.
I can name you 5,000 times when 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 neighbours have faced it
alone … and I am 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 them.
Stand Proud, America!
Postscript: Gordon Sinclair passed away in1984, but he will long
be remembered on both sides of the United States – Canadian border
for his contributions to journalism and for his loudly proclaiming
a friendship that few at the time were willing to embrace.
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“Pearl of Wisdom”
The world suffers a lot...
not because of the violence of bad people,
but because of the silence of good people.
Merle Baird-Kerr . . . written June 18, 2012
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