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I ran across this editorial written a few years ago by Gordon

Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator. The following

text was printed in our nation’s 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


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


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 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


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