posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 08:40 PM
I am an American who currently lives in Canada. And no, I am not a draft dodger. I moved to Canada in '79 because I married a Canadian girl.
I've long divorced that girl but I've stayed in Canada because, after so many years, it's become "home".
Canada is a wonderful country filled with a multicultural population that all seem to get along. There is an adequate social welfare network so that
not too many people fall through the cracks and, all in all, it is a good, fair place to live. I do have some criticisms about Canada as their
government is one where the "good boy network" seems to have grown very deep roots. Each government, whether it is Liberal or Conservative seem to
take the amnesiac public for a tax ride that only seems on making the politicians richer but they seem to only steal enough for the public to grumble
and complain but nothing more. So I guess that makes them "prudent government". But, again, all in all, it's a good place to live.
But living under the shadow of the United States has made it a strange place to live. Canadians lack a firm grasp of their own identity and, because
of the power of television, a Canadian school child is just as likely to name George Bush as "president" of Canada as they are to name the actual
Prime Minister. There is, at times, a real sense that Canadians just don't know their own place on stage of world politics. Instead, they like to
envision themselves as peace-keepers (though they are shamefully underequipped and over led by politicians rather than their military). But aside
from this role, the Canadian is desperately floundering in search of an identity. Yet, the Canadian has a powerful role and a strong identity which
they simply fail to recognize. Canada is the conscience of the United States and their identity is one of self reliance and fierce individualism.
Too bad the Canadian cannot see this in themselves