I think we are all stunned by the emergence and passionate backing of Donald Trump by some of the American people. I mean – not to be rude, but Donald represents everything the rest of the world hates about America. From the vantage point of my peaceful nation full of gentle well intentioned people – I gotta say you look ridiculous America. You are better than this.
And undoubtedly your massive uprising has something to do with your illusion that Obama was a bad president. Really? You have access to healthcare now. Bush didn’t care about your health. You have greater access to education – because that’s really important too and he just landed in Cuba bridging the last of the worlds great dissentions. No I think you’re just really racist and have been waiting for an opportunity to have a temper tantrum
Here in Canada we are enjoying a sort of political honeymoon with our newly elected Prime Minister who has so far kicked ass on the social front, is taking no crap from any other world leader, is doing exactly what he said he would in his campaign promises and has even done more than he said by making the cabinet that advises him so magnificently socially equalized that it is a historical ground breaking precedent in advisory cabinet composition.
Meanwhile, just a few miles down the road is the USA – all hell has broken loose.
Two things here I think I`d like to share with you that may seem unrelated – but they aren’t.
First is while I was taking my B.Comm in Marketing I remember a professor telling us that one of the major differences between the way Canadians and Americans buy is that Canadians don`t like aggressive comparison. In this case he was talking about the Coke and Pepsi rivalry. In one market test they created a coke commercial that said basically Pepsi sucks Coke is Great”, and another that was one of those hippie love-in coke commercials singing “Id like to buy the world a coke…”.
Resoundingly Canadians loved the second, Americans loved the first.
This is indeed a very significant idea t hold in your mind when you are looking at the way the USA is managing this current election. Think about that.
The second thing is that while I was traveling around last year, allot of people asked me “what state” i was from, or “where in the US are you from”. I was actually surprised at how bloody annoyed I would get. For me, that is like asking an Australian where in Britain they are from.
So they would ask me “So what’s the difference between the two countries?”. Id tell them that the difference was that if you dialed a wrong number in Canada you were likely to have a ten minute conversation.
We already know here in Canada that compassion, honesty and social activism working in conjunction with socially responsible government is not only empowering and incredibly powerful for the feeling of positivity in this nation, but it is leaking out all over the world, where even friends in Australia, all the way down to my Korean hairdresser in Brisbane say they admire our political structure and our “handsome and intelligent” Prime Minister.
It’s the first time in a long time that I feel some sense of national pride.I think how much I want to differentiate myself from the ideologies I see portrayed in the USA actually fuel my desire to be more Canadian.
I grew up believing national pride was critically important and helped define who you were. My father was a campaign organizer for Pierre Trudeau, one of our nations most historically loved Prime Minister’s and our current Prime Minister’s father. I grew up with men in suits and cigars in my basement, talking politics. My father would let me stay up with them and listen. I could ask questions sometimes but as young as six years old I learned to be bartender to some great minds. What was most admirable about these people was that they were so willing to be part of the work involved in finding solutions for the problems they were seeing in our culture. My father always told me you could only “enact change from the inside” so I tried this. I was in university very young – 16 years old to study political science at Western with a view towards a future in politics and law. I applied for law school at 17 but, after a summer of working with lawyers I saw clearly that this would not work for me. I graduated at 19 with a head full of philosophy and a very confused heart. An ivory tower education is only as good as you are willing to reevaluate and throw out anything you have learned which is no longer useful – which is most everything.
Canada has its own problems; don’t get me wrong. Just to name a few: We have rampant racism in our French communities, we have serious infrastructure problems from lack of foresight, we have deprecated regions who have been hit terribly hard by reduction in fishing quotas and other restriction on natural resources. We have serious social problems – like how we treat our native people. But as you can see – we try and work things out peacefully. And because we are not rioting in the streets- we have the time and resources to deal with them.
And because we are not creating hate thorough our speeches and spending time and resources and energy on creating change through violence and hatred – we have the time, energy, ability and mindset to be taking some positive and necessary actions together to rectify the damage we have done to our first people and our land.
In Canada we are closer tot he land than you are in the USA. We are very lucky to have our native people still here to teach us how to heal what we have broken. That is our daily priority individually and nationally.
We spend allot of time picking our political candidates reflected according to how we want to live. Generally, you all want more: more comfort, more money, more stuff. Is the USA is a nation of spoiled angry white kids who suffer from interminable entitlement?
Because Trumps position and your support of him is what that says to us and to the world.
Entitled to more – owning more, keeping more for yourself, holding onto more. It takes allot of energy – personal and national – to build up this grand illusion.
Everything Trumps supporters believe about him has to do with what they think he has achieved – which is nothing at all. (Spoiler alert…) You can’t own land. Have you spent your whole life paying off your mortgage?
Ouch sorry man. Only the planet owns land.
So that means Donald doesn’t really have anything – because we can be pretty sure he hasn’t “discovered” his own true nature. Don’t think he’s an introspective kind of guy.
SO, if you take all of Donald’s “stuff” away – what are you left with?
Would you vote for him if he was a bus driver?
Because he wouldn’t be able to keep a bus driver job – he is rude and has no patience.
Would you vote for him if he was a doctor?
Seriously – can you see trump with a scalpel…eek
Would you vote for him if he was a farmer?
He couldn’t be a farmer, if he raised his voice like that all the time a bull would gore him.
OK…so why would America vote for the opposite of everything good in a human being? Why would they vote for this non-person?
Because they think they deserve something they don’t have. They want what they think HE has – which in reality – is nothing.
They complain about Obama – because they want more. They don’t want the new healthcare system Obama is putting into place, the employment initiatives or the international peace agreements he has negotiated. Nope. They want – what?
Let me tell you what I think of 911….(&^%*&^%Q@*^!!)
I have seen with my eyes (that’s right…not YouTube…) the ABSOLUTE decimation of old and beautiful cities bombed by civil unrest and international conflict pretty much EVERYWHERE! You think new York is so important?
What a joke.
It is however a very good example of the over inflated sense of itself that the a certain type of population in the USA. Not everyone of course – because saying that one entire culture had one attribute…WOULD BE RACIST. .
Face it – New York is just a small tiny brand new baby not even relevant to the history of this planet – other than it got a building knocked down a few citizens suffered (karma??) as a result of the arrogance of the political and economic structures that they so haughtily and ignorantly support.
Please. Stop whining. Right now.
Look at what your bombs have done to 2000 year old religious art in Iraq for example…?
I often think about writing about Trump – just because it is healthier to get it out on paper than end up taking anti psychotic medication. But then today I realized – Trump is awesome. Trump is amazing in fact!
(Canadians like to make ugly things nice…)
This morning on the news I saw the streets of big cities on a Monday filled with rallying PEACE ACTIVISTS!!
I thought “wow! Trump is a moron but he is MAKING you take action and he is MAKING you define yourselves.”
My conclusions after a life time of politics:
Peace is power.
Hatred is a loosing proposal
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