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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   Scott Weinberg

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Posted September 13 2001 - 07:37 PM

Canadian television commentator Gordon Sinclair:

America: The Good Neighbor

"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, 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 10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines 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 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 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."


I don't know the precise original source, but you can do a Google search for "America: The Good Neighbor" and get about 50 matches.

Any thoughts on this speech?

Addition: I just now realized that this is

A. An old speech

and

B. Perhaps too political for the HTF.

Sorry on both accounts.



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[Edited last by Scott Weinberg on September 13, 2001 at 10:40 PM]

#2 of 6 OFFLINE   Jeff Ulmer

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Posted September 13 2001 - 07:41 PM

Just so you know, this is a 1973 broadcast. Sinclair died in 1984.

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#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Scott Weinberg

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Posted September 13 2001 - 07:42 PM

I know, I know. Check my addition above.

It was a good read anyway. I'd never seen it before.


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#4 of 6 OFFLINE   Jeff Ulmer

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Posted September 13 2001 - 07:44 PM

Saw it after I posted. I agree it is a good read. No harm done. Posted Image

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Posted September 14 2001 - 04:05 AM

It was also released as a record, made the best-seller charts as "One Canadian's Opinion". ------------------

#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted September 14 2001 - 04:31 AM

It was also recorded by local Detroit-area radio announcer Byron MacGregor (a Canadian who worked for CKLW in Windsor, Ontario at the time). I owned a 45rpm recording of MacGregor's rendition back in '73. Unfortunately, I think all those old 45's of mine are gone now. MacGregor's recording was unauthorized, but he avoided legal issues with Mr. Sinclair when he agreed to donate all proceeds to the Red Cross.

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