Canada sounds great & I hope to visit there sometime. With respect, I do feel that much of your pride - and the commenters' - is stated in terms of superiority over the U.S. (in spite of the initial disclaimer). Personally, I think that Canada is able to have many of its wonderful qualities precisely because it shares such a connection with the U.S. Antagonistic countries and organizations that think twice before engaging the U.S. do the same for Canada - greatly out of fear/respect for the U.S. Your own remarks about the Canadian system of being able to easily remove leaders demonstrates one aspect of why it would be difficult for it to have a legitimate "World Power" status. Many may feel that a "World Power" isn't needed or that the idea is outdated - and yet they are quick to call on the U.S. in times of crisis around the world. So many commenters are quick to deride Bush and your own remarks seem to share that tone. While there may have been errors made, and sadly, we've had to learn a new way to fight wars, I personally respect the man and feel safer than I did after the terrorist attacks - the cavalier tone of many reveals that while they may not care for Bush, they also aren't reeling in the same fear we all felt after the attacks. I'm glad to live in a country that pursues and has the means for "good government" but details "the pursuit of happiness" as an intrinsic right of man. Again, I think that Canada sounds wonderful and I won't feel that I've seen and done all I want to see & do until I've been there. However, Canada's greatness would be better stated if it weren't in terms of so-called weaknesses of the U.S.Posted by: jody l. at July 1, 2008 6:01 PM
the cavalier tone of many reveals that while they may not care for Bush, they also aren't reeling in the same fear we all felt after the attacks.I gather Jody wasn't in NY during the 9/11 attacks. Seriously...you wanna talk reeling? Then you want to maybe go look at Bush's numbers in NY. The folks reeling the most certainly didn't vote for the man...nor did they back the war, or...well..any of his policies.
I'm glad to live in a country that pursues and has the means for "good government" but details "the pursuit of happiness" as an intrinsic right of man.I truly feel that a country where folks don't get that you can't have a pursuit of happiness without good government is a country not destined for a long life. It's a chicken and egg thing--and good government beats happiness to the finish every time. Canada's done pretty darn well on the happiness scale. We have HOW many living in poverty these days? How many flooding (expensive) emergency rooms because they can't afford insurance? How many laid off? I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that they're not so happy.
However, Canada's greatness would be better stated if it weren't in terms of so-called weaknesses of the U.S.
"Honi soit qui mal y pense" (—‘Evil be to him who evil thinks’)Which is a nice way of saying "you see what you look for." I'm sorry, but I can't see anywhere that Stephanie said anything outright down on the U.S.