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                            The Americans

                                           from Gordon Sinclair's
         1973 editorial broadcast from Toronto as printed in the Congressional Record:

       This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as 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 distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States
    that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by torna-
    does. Nobody helped.

  The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped bil-     Gordon Sinclair
lions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspa-
pers in those countries are writing about the decadent,
warmongering Americans. 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 get-
ting 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 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other peo-
ple 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 Fran-
cisco 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.
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