A Canadian Looks at the US and Tells It Like It Is:

I am a 70 year Canadian who knew the USA when it was committed to the values and ethics of the founders. I have read Jefferson when he warned about the corporate take over of your country.

Back in 1980 if you had told me that in 38 years the average Canadian would be wealthier, healthier, better educated, happier and more secure than the average American I would ask you what you were smoking.

The conservatives were right about one thing neoliberalism would provide maximum economic growth. Low taxes and small government would make the richest most powerful country in the world richer and more powerful. The conservatives never told you that for most Americans conservative economics would do exactly the same thing it did in the 19th century. Most Americans would see less opportunity, stagnant income and a dramatic drop in their personal security.

Nafta saw your GDP grow at twice the rate as ours but as we invested in the health, education of our citizens your citizens became consumers and those that could afford to consume the most became the new aristocracy.

The Canadian historian, writer and philosopher John Ralston Saul says America is the most European country on the planet. Saul is an historian and he means 18th and 19th century Europe like the Europe that saw three million Irish starve to death or deported from a land where food was plentiful except for potatoes.

Memphrie et Moi




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  1. luftballooneyegouge 9 months ago

    Here’s a very interesting take on the current POTUS situation from the former senior communications advisor and speechwriter for Ted Cruz.

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?445604-1/after-words-amanda-carpenter

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  2. griz 9 months ago

    Parts of paragraph 4 parse as convenient partial truth.

    Consider the analogy of a nuclear reactor. Liberalism is like the uraniumplutonium fuel. Get it started in there is rapid, even explosive growth.
    The control rods are like conservatism. They moderate it into something stable and useful, and guard against meltdown.
    But if they dominate in the reactor of society it slows and goes dead.

    A campfire is another analogy. Conservatism is the quality hardwood that keeps it going for a long time without tending. Liberalism is the spark that gets it going or the tinder that nurtures it when it’s young or almost dead.
    Or the gasoline that gets it going in a big hurry!
    But they are too chaotic and quickly burned up to be an enduring source of heat.

    Liberalism is like the lottery, or day-trading.
    Conservatism is the stable and diverse retirement fund.

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      Gina 9 months ago

      @griz Maybe that’s what conservatism and liberalism equates to in Canada. Those descriptions do not hold any water in the US.

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      • griz 9 months ago

        @Gina
        Actually they show up globally and across time.

        Every human culture has had those two aspects to them, because they are the Yin and the Yang of human personality expression.

        They are archetypical no matter what individual societies may choose to call them.

        But with every war tribal battle or feud where the focus shifts to the iniquities of the other side, it seems people become less and less able to detect their own iniquities.

        And this is only exacerbated by the left’s love for group victimhood rage culture.
        All victimhood groups are saintly; and everyone else is evil.

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        Gina 9 months ago
      • griz 9 months ago

        @Gina
        That’s marginally interesting that someone from the left would find a deeper understanding of the behavioral and personality characteristics of The Human Condition, a bore.
        Yet the preaching of the day from the left seems to be unto social reconstruction?

        Do you think there might be danger in trying to reconstruct something one does not understand the base constituents of?

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  3. Scarlett 9 months ago

    America is not winning. We are losing our place as something to be looked up to in favor of the “America first” mentality. We are losing respect. We are losing what was our virtue.

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