Just Above Sunset Archives
June 22, 2003 Mail
Received recently --
Sarah Wall, from Ontario, addresses the Bush administration and explains what it is like to have to explain you're not actually "American" but rather Canadian when traveling abroad. The Canadians do share the northern part of America with us, as do the folks in Mexico. We're all "Americans."
Last week in my commentary - June 8, 2003 Opinion - I reviewed how two Canadian writers, Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow, saw the differences between French culture and US culture as contributing to the situation where the French saw our government's actions regarding Iraq as foolishly thoughtless and needlessly belligerent - rash might be too tame a word - while most here in the United States saw the French position as morally reprehensible. I guess the difference came down to a disagreement on the value of actual thoughtfulness, and on the value of thinking and speaking clearly.
In the commentary I also pointed out a new animosity toward Canada developing "down here" because of Canada's not participating in the United States' invasion of Iraq, the overthrow of its government, and the subsequent occupation of that country. I do believe I characterized the majority of opinion "down here" this way - Canada did an awful thing in not joining us, but Canada is essentially an irrelevant country of pleasant eccentrics.
I received this from Sarah Wall in Ontario - Sarnia, I believe.
To which I replied with this.
If America (the US) wants everyone in the world to be like us, and knows deep down they all really want to be like us, why don't the Canadians feel the same way. Have they no pride?
Well, yes, they do. They just seem to feel it's okay to let other folks be what they want to be. And now they're well on their way to legalizing the use of marijuana, and legitimizing gay marriages. Neither would happen "down here." We seem to be a nation of busybodies who believe in conformity to "the truth" as we see it. Sigh.
Should you wish to contact Sarah, her link is here.
You might want to check out The Writers'
Collective, or maybe even join - I don't think you have to live in Sarnia or Moosejaw or Mississauga or any
place like that: http://groups.msn.com/TheWritersCollective/