Saturday, February 12, 2005

I need to see the truth other men cannot see; to be things that others can't be

Wow. I wonder how long before Toronto Sun columnist Michael Coren starts getting death threats from the usual Persons of Tolerance and Diversity after writing something like this in a Canadian newspaper? Especially with a headline like "US is better than Canada?" I love this country. I came here almost 19 years ago and have spent the majority of my adult life here. It pains me to say it, it really does. But the fact is that in so many areas and walks and ways of life, the United States is now a better country than Canada. There, I've said it. Because I'm so very tired of the way, particularly in the last two years, that we Canadians have come to define ourselves not by who we are but by who we are not. At its most innocuous, it is a mere insecurity about our southern neighbours. At its most repugnant, however, it is publicly funded mediocrities screaming abuse at a great and noble nation because their own self-esteem is so fragile. With a malodorous stew of ignorance and malice, they pump Canada at the expense of deflating the United States. They say that we are about peace and they are about war. Nonsense. We haven't been able to keep the peace for years even if we'd wanted to do so. We haven't the aircraft or the equipment. It's the Americans who send most of the aid and keep most of the peace. They say we are informed and intelligent, they are insular and foolish. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and a plethora of world-class universities. Nobel Prize winners by the dozen, internationally renowned scientists, scholars and sages. Goodness me, they even produce better anti-Americans than we do. They say we are sophisticated, they are dumb. Yet they have more symphony orchestras, more theatres, more libraries, more museums per head than we do in Canada. And the list goes on; amen, to all of it. The ideological sloppiness and hypocrisy of the most virulent anti-Americans are among the most important reasons I'm so pro-. (Via Political Staples.)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in a poker forum recently and some Brit started bashing Americans for some reason saying they were all slack-jawed yokels and some Americans agreed then one person wrote the most brilliant thing:

"yes, America is the richest most powerful country in the world because it's filled with ignorant dumbasses-- next topic, please."

2/13/2005 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arrrr! Was a full broadside twixt wind and water,it was!....I'm Canadian by birth(3rd generation) and I love my country.But I agree with everything that Micheal Coren wrote....You must ask,what happens when the country you love,doesn't love you back,and the country you grew up loving doesn't seem to exist anymore?..........Big Al

2/16/2005 02:38:00 AM  
Blogger El Cid said...

Gosh, i have never really understood Canadian, have only really known a few and have never been to Canada. I cannot help but wonder how you could think the United States is a better place than Canada. Sure you seem a bit too socialist for my taste and certainly we are the most powerful and rich country on Earth. We also have more than our fair share of shortcommings and flaws.

2/17/2005 11:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Steve Lalanne said...

You wrote that "the United States is now a better country than Canada. . . . Because I'm so very tired of the way . . . that we Canadians have come to define ourselves not by who we are but by who we are not." You conclude your post by saying that "[t]he ideological sloppiness and hypocrisy of the most virulent anti-Americans are among the most important reasons I'm so pro-." So you define your attitude towards America partly in relation to those you oppose? Seems to be perversely self-contradictory.

You wrote: "At its most repugnant, however, it is publicly funded mediocrities screaming abuse at a great and noble nation because their own self-esteem is so fragile." Many are saddened at what America has become for principled reasons.

You wrote: "They say that we are about peace and they are about war. Nonsense. We haven't been able to keep the peace for years even if we'd wanted to do so. We haven't the aircraft or the equipment. It's the Americans who send most of the aid and keep most of the peace." That's a bait and switch: the inability to field an effective peacekeeping force is not the same as making or waging war. You also neglect the obvious facts of recent American aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq. Other than WWII (when we, alongside France and Britain, declared war on Germany), when did Canada initiate war?

You said: "They say we are informed and intelligent, they are insular and foolish. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and a plethora of world-class universities. Nobel Prize winners by the dozen, internationally renowned scientists, scholars and sages." A bit of a straw man here. The typical critic of America's insularity is not referring to the elites.

8/07/2006 01:29:00 PM  

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