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Old 10-19-2016, 06:45 AM
 
Location: New York Area
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Sympathetic Canadians Have a Message for Americans: You Guys Are Great


This article, in yesterday's New York Times, heartened my continued belief in our great neighbor (often misspelled as "neighbour") to the north, Canada. This is a rare piece of good news in an otherwise depressing U.S. election that in many ways makes the U.S. a laughingstock on the world stage.



The article highlights something rarely mentioned in detail; how much having a peaceful, friendly and undefended border means. This means that at least since Canada was granted dominion status in 1867 neither country has had to waste money on defense against the other.



It also meant that two peoples could have independence and self-determination while enjoying all of the business of social and business intercourse. I have always felt that our friendship with Canada was a vital part of the mix that gave both countries prosperity and happiness.
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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Canadians just feel good because we have a beefcake PM.
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:36 AM
 
Location: New York Area
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Canadians just feel good because we have a beefcake PM.
I would have taken Harper as our president any day. Trudeau, not so much.
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I refuse to refer to America as anything even remotely close to 'great' at this particular time.

Donald. Trump. Is. A. Potential. President. Of. The. Country.
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Montreal
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Thanks for sharing that nice story.

Traveling to the USA, Americans I've talked to always seemed friendly, warm, helpful -good people. Gets overshadowed at times by the politics, but it must not be forgotten.
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:50 AM
 
Location: New York Area
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I refuse to refer to America as anything even remotely close to 'great' at this particular time.

Donald. Trump. Is. A. Potential. President. Of. The. Country.
Our President does not define our country any more than the malodorous likes of Mulroney and Chretien define yours. Or such GG's as Adrienne Clarkson or French citizen Michaelle Jean. We have had some lulus as President:
  1. John Tyler
  2. Millard Fillmore
  3. James Buchanan
  4. Woodrow Wilson (racist)
  5. Warren Gamieliel Harding
  6. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (lots of Jewish blood on his hands)
  7. John F. Kennedy
  8. Lyndon Johnson
  9. Richard Nixon
  10. Jimmy Carter
  11. Barack Obama
But none define our country, thank G-d. And somehow I don't think that Donald Trump becomes our next President. Do you think he will?
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Thanks for sharing that nice story.

Traveling to the USA, Americans I've talked to always seemed friendly, warm, helpful -good people. Gets overshadowed at times by the politics, but it must not be forgotten.
Thanks. And I repped this post.
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Near Manito
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Thanks, Canada! Glad you're our neighbo(u)rs!
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Old 10-19-2016, 10:45 AM
 
Location: British Columbia ♥ 🍁 ♥
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I have always felt that our friendship with Canada was a vital part of the mix that gave both countries prosperity and happiness.
I couldn't agree more.

Nice post JBG.

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Old 10-19-2016, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Our President does not define our country any more than the malodorous likes of Mulroney and Chretien define yours. Or such GG's as Adrienne Clarkson or French citizen Michaelle Jean. We have had some lulus as President:
  1. John Tyler
  2. Millard Fillmore
  3. James Buchanan
  4. Woodrow Wilson (racist)
  5. Warren Gamieliel Harding
  6. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (lots of Jewish blood on his hands)
  7. John F. Kennedy
  8. Lyndon Johnson
  9. Richard Nixon
  10. Jimmy Carter
  11. Barack Obama
But none define our country, thank G-d. And somehow I don't think that Donald Trump becomes our next President. Do you think he will?Thanks. And I repped this post.
It is 2016, and Trump is being at least considerably democratically supported by a very concerning proportion of American citizens. So, I do believe he does represent a sort of problem with a lot of Americans' mindset.
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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It is 2016, and Trump is being at least considerably democratically supported by a very concerning proportion of American citizens. So, I do believe he does represent a sort of problem with a lot of Americans' mindset.
It is also possible that he represents a sort of problem with the mindset of America's governing class, which increasingly demonstrates contempt for its citizenry, contemptuously feeding us a steady diet of dogfood, aka incompetence, endless war, and utter lack of governing foresight -- and then is appalled -- appalled -- by the possibility of a Trump presidency.

When you leave a people no palatable choice, and mock them for their impotence, do not be surprised when they lash out in seemingly incomprehensible ways, a la Brexit...

Trump is not a disease. Trump is a symptom.
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