On June 5 1973, Canadian radio
commentator Gordon Sinclair delivered a stirring, pro-American editorial.
The United States had just pulled out of the Vietnam War which ended in a
stalemate - a war fought daily on TV, over radio and in the press. The war had
divided the American people, and at home and abroad it seemed everyone was
lambasting the United States. Outraged by what he saw and heard that morning, in
his noon-hour broadcast, Sinclair rose to the defense of the American people -
and his voice was heard around the world.
His editorial was later released on a record (titled "The Americans"),
with all royalties donated to the American Red Cross. A Windsor/Detroit
radio broadcaster named Byron MacGregor recorded and released an unauthorized
version of the piece which hit the record stores before Sinclair's official
version; an infringement suit was avoided when MacGregor agreed to donate his
profits to the Red Cross as well.
Following is the text version of Gordon Sinclair's editorial - "The
You can listen to the audio version by going to
The United States dollar took
another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting
the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since
1971 and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the
most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth.
As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of
floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtse. Who rushed in with men and money to
help? The Americans did.
They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges and the
Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Mississippi is under water and no
foreign land has sent a dollar to help. 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 those
countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United
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
into help... Managua, Nicaragua is one of the most recent examples. So far this
spring, 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has
The Marshall Plan .. the Truman Policy .. all pumped billions upon billions of
dollars into discouraged countries. Now, newspapers in those countries are
writing about the decadent war-mongering Americans.
I'd like to see one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the
United States dollar build its own airplanes.
Come on... let's hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to
equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar or the Douglas 107? If so, why
don't they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American
planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or women on
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
everyone to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They
are here on our streets, most of them ... unless they are breaking Canadian laws
.. are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend here.
When the Americans get out of this bind ... as they will... who could blame them
if they said "the hell with the rest of the world". Let someone else
buy the Israel bonds, Let someone else build or repair foreign dams or design
foreign buildings that won't shake apart in earthquakes.
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 to 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
Our neighbors have faced it alone and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of
hearing them 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 these. But there are many smug, self-righteous
Canadians. And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual
meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.
This year's disasters .. with the year less than half-overů has taken it all
and nobody...but nobody... has helped.
Radio Station CFBR 1010
2 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"LET'S BE PERSONAL"
Broadcast June 5, 1973
CFRB, Toronto, Ontario
Topic: "The Americans"
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