What were you thinking, America?…

Canadian flagBrunt’s message, essentially, was “What is wrong with you people?” “Many of us Canadians are confused by the US midterm elections,” he began, before running down a list of accomplishments he credited to the president, including falling unemployment, gas prices, and interest rates, along with a record high dollar, stock market, and corporate profits. He lists similar triumphs on the foreign-policy front. “America is leading the world once again and respected internationally — in sharp contrast to the Bush years. Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden.” “So, Americans vote for the party that got you into the mess that Obama just dug you out of? This defies reason,” Brunt writes. “When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?” The letter has brought some on the liberal left – many of whom have long been disillusioned with Obama, and many of whom seem to have disappeared during the midterm election and its aftermath – out of the woodwork…. “We love him,” writes Macleans in an article headed “Canada’s love affair with Barack Obama.” “The broad-band smile, the Lincolnesque bearing, the sense of the man as an avatar of multiculturalism—it all makes Barack Obama the perfect US president in the eyes of Canadians.” Heck, there’s even a Facebook page for “Canadians for Obama.” SOURCE:   After midterm sweep, Canadian asks: ‘What were you thinking, America?’ – Yahoo News

I love the perspective that our Canadian friends give us about our politics and for that matter most other areas of our life. They just see past all the games to the core of any topic.  We Americans just never seem to be satisfied with our current circumstances. There is always something to complain about. Our politics drastically shifts from one extreme to another.

It also amazes me that after just six years we have forgotten what this young black president has accomplished during his time in office. We could be in very different circumstances if things had worked out differently.  We could be like we were in the 1930s with our financial institutions in shambles and the average guy struggling to just put food on the table. How quickly we forget how differently things were just six short years ago.

Yeah many of us haven’t seen a raise in decades while the 1% continue to rake in bigger and bigger increases in their wealth. Yeah we are still mired down in the mud with our approach to foreign policy. Too many of our kids have died as a result of very narrow thinking. But things could have been much worse if the likes of Mr. Cheney were still in power.

We Americans are just never satisfied with our current circumstances no matter what they are. Whereas our Canadian friends seem to be the very definition of stability. They have their political problems too but they just seem to keep them in a more normal perspective than we ever have. For most of us our glass may be just half full but it is a lot better than is was just six short years ago. Even though it it too late to do anything about it, thank you guys for helping us understand how good we have it even when we don’t realize it ourselves…..

4 thoughts on “What were you thinking, America?…

  • You have hit on a key element, RJ: our long term dissatisfaction with anything and everything. On one hand that keeps our society moving forward because we are always looking for a better way. But, on the political side, this inability to see the bigger picture or to believe the grass is always greener if we just do this or that, causes constant turmoil and upheaval. We waste huge sums of money as we bounce from one extreme to another, with virtually no continuity from election to election.

    We tend to look at the world as if it is just a 140 character tweet….no memory of the past and no real substance, just a quick reaction with little thought as to how something plays out over time.

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    • When we did our one month long visit to eastern Canada in 2011 we saw this basic difference you mention throughout the country. Well, maybe not in the pompous French Quebec but everywhere else. 🙂

      Canadians just seem to be much more grounded in long term consequences than we are. We do waste huge sums of money on many things. We let our fears tell us that we must spend more for our defense than all the rest of the world combined. We let our “those people are freeloaders” mentality prevent us from providing healthcare to all our citizens that Canada long ago did.

      I am an American in that I am not happy with Obamacare. It simply didn’t go nearly far enough. I do let that taint my feelings about other accomplishments of the current administration. Shame on me for that….

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  • We always want better 😉 Obamacare is not perfect, but it is a start. I wish he could have gotten further in the issues of war and taxes, but Congress seems tied in knots- both sides threading the middle. I wish he would follow his instincts instead of his advisors.

    I think Obama will go down as a pretty good President. I am glad I went to his inauguration.

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