Friday, August 20, 2010
Who out there remembers Gordon Sinclair's "The Americans" from 1973? I do. It was a shot in the arm when the country was really in the doldrums, all the more so because Sinclair, a famous Canadian broadcaster, was not known to have been particularly pro-American. Indeed, quite the contrary.
I remember it. Seemed like it received quite a bit of airplay on a.m. radio. I am pretty sure it appeared as an op-ed column first.
I believe Tex Ritter recorded Sinclair's column as well.
I don't believe the world's attitude towards US has changed much in the last 37 years.
Fine, but sad, too. He's doing our job for us, promoting the brand. We have ourselves to blame for our poor image, not for our deeds, except for our occasional mistakes which we do make, but for our laziness when it comes to rebutting the criticism leveled against us across this earth, within our borders and beyond.
More than that, PD. There are significant numbers of Americans who positively enjoy (or even make a living off of) defaming their nation. From stupid shit like 'God strikes us with disasters because we tolerate gays' to stupid shit like 'we're racist, imperialist, fascist oppressors.'
There was a time in our history where such false, obscene, and insulting statements would cause a fistfight. Now they trigger waves of knowing nods.