reply to post by Anonymous ATS
First off welcome to ATS. I am fairly new here as well.
Nationalism, as defined by you is a powerful way to incorporate the values of whoever leads the bull by the horns, so to speak.
Canada has had a long history of sticking it to the "Americans" and Canadian's seem to revel in it.
As I type this I am reminded of the CBC show in which the host went to the great state of Arkansas and spoke to Governor Mike Huckabee pertaining to
"Canada's National Igloo". I laughed so hard I cried as the Governor congratulated Canada on its new National Igloo. It was even funnier if you
understood how sincere he was. God Bless Mike Huckabee
Canada's culture is defined by its love hate relationship with the USA. It fully reminds me of the relationship that a US State has with the US
federal government. Or should I say the relationship they used to have prior to the US federal government attempting to override State law....and
this nuance, this Federal Doctrine of Fed. Law trumping state law bleeds over into the way the United States views Canada.
I have heard many military grunts refer to Canada as the “Northern Most State”. This is said tongue in cheek, yet if push ever came to shove you
can bet your boots that we would become the Northern Most State. (Much the same way the Feds view California Medical Cannabis laws….the Feds allow
the law to be made, then they raid the growers)
Canadian Nationalism, if looked upon as simply keeping the Canadian culture alive, should be pursued with zeal.
Some of our greatest moments have been when we chart a course apart from the US.
Jean Chrétien did this in his refusal to go to Iraq!
Gay marriage is legal here. Not in the US.
Pierre Trudeau did this when he defied Nixon and allowed John and Yoko to do the peace thing here in Canada.
Trudeau did it again when he allowed US draft dodgers to reside legally in Canada.
These actions have allowed Canada’s artistic community to reflect upon these values and integrate them into the Canadian zeitgeist.
The above examples define Canada has a peace loving nation.
So, with that in mind why is Harper trying to compete on the military front? Why is the USA allowing Harper to do this?
Hang around Alberta for a while, talk to Preston Manning for a little and you will soon understand.
The North American Union would be the answer.