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.

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 States.

When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help... 59 American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped.

You talk about Japanese technocracy. 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.

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

Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble.

Our neighbours 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.

This speech was published on June 5, 1973, by Allan Gordon Sinclair, (June 3, 1900 – May 17, 1984) was a Canadian journalist, writer and commentator.

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zapdam 4 years 7 weeks ago

Ok now I'm going to drop the other shoe. Canadian Gordon Sinclair who wrote the above defense of America in 1973, was a hard core Canadian right winger, yes a conservative.

As touching as as eloquent and as truthful as his comments are, Sinclair was blinded to 'facts' of Americas 'darker side.' The darker side of America, that props up murderous right wing thug dictatorships in Central and South America and around the world, ruining the lives of hundreds of millions of people, so corporations could profit denying freedom and democracy. Americas overthrow of democracies in places like Iran, Chile , Guatemala and now Ukraine, just to name a few. The America who even has to this day, a school to teach these murderous thugs the fine art of terror , repression, torture, disappearances and murder. It is called the 'School of the Americas' in Fort Benning Georgia.

Yes Gordon Sinclair wore 'rose colored glasses' , but i must admit when i first heard his poignant comment , it choked me up and saddened me , because Americas better side, has done so many wonderful things for all of humanity.

In a now famous speech Smedley Butler USMC , until his death Americas MOST DECORATED US Marine said this.

" I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism."

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