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Old December 13th, 2012, 09:25 PM   #131

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I know of some Americans who opted Canadian citizenship and migrated there.
I've heard of them as well. I presume your referring to the draft dodgers of the Vietnam era? Actually, i hold no ill feelings towards them and hope they have had a great life up north.
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I've heard of them as well. I presume your referring to the draft dodgers of the Vietnam era? Actually, i hold no ill feelings towards them and hope they have had a great life up north.
You just reminded me of them. No, I am not referring to them, it's the people who fear terrorists attack after the 9-11, and those who hate the U.S. politics.
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You just reminded me of them. No, I am not referring to them, it's the people who fear terrorists attack after the 9-11, and those who hate the U.S. politics.
Well, this is embarrassing. I wasn't even thinking of them. No, i do not feel any animosity towards them either.
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I mean, the way I see it, Canada is like the Northern United States. What would change if the two countries had merged?

The US would have had decent beers decades earlier.
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IMHO it wouldn't really matter. Canadians would be richer and have better access to goods and technology and the US political system would shift to the left.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 01:40 PM   #136

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Well, this is embarrassing. I wasn't even thinking of them. No, i do not feel any animosity towards them either.
I understand you, and people can think differently, in as much as the same frame of mind against the American foreign policy can be observed even in this forum.
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I say this respectfully, but... In light of Obama's election in 2008 and the fact that a lot of my black countrymen have been elected mayors to multiple major American cities in the North and South, AND... that there have been Muslims elected to serve in the senate from Indiana and Minnesota, Muslims serving as US ambassadors... not too mention thousands serving in the military with distinction and sadly some dying for a country they chose too serve. I fail completely to see the relevance of the question here?
The unsubstantiated claims that Obama is a Muslim are not expressed with positive intent. While i am not familiar with the religion of each person the point was electing a Muslim to the highest office in a particular government. Senators, ambassadors, and those in the military are not at the top of their respective food-chains but Mayors, Govenors, Presidents, etc. are.

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... having the barbarian savages to your south folding into Canada sends shivers up the spines of well read Canadian nationalists. Imagine, the Canadian social utopia vanishing over night by the inclusion of the Yankee horde. Oh the horror.
I guess i am just one of the few who entertains the idea of taming the barbarian savages to the south (gosh that sounds like a 19th century slavery comment). IF the idea of taming the barbaian Americans and making them part of Canada is so unappealing to well-read Canadians why would said Canadians entertain the idea of becoming barbarians themselves?

This reminds me of something else. The language. In Canadian English there is no "h" following an "O" unless there is punctuation following the word. "Oh" is a spelling mistake in Canadian but is correct in American. It would be "O the horror." in Canadian. Canadian English also includes punctuation within quotation marks only when it is part of what is being quoted.
"Oh the horror," he exclaimed at the thought of ObamaCare.
"O the horror", she exclaimed at the thought of Harper getting a majority government.

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But if i were a Canadian I would be more worried about events taking place in the Canadian arctic and the loss of your sovereignty there.
Han's Island and such. Yes. If Canada acquired the USA then the USA's then-former claims of it being international waters would be moot. The north pole is in Canada, isn't it, so that would mean Santa Claus is a Canadian terrorist waging war against American retail outlet malls. It would also mean that the Canadian government has been using its military to track at least one of its citisens for decades before such came to light in the USA.

You have never heard of The Sopranos? It is a show from HBO about a mob family in New Jersey that was extremely popular when it was new. In the US it was on premium cable and in Canada it was on network broadcast television. There is no way the show would ever be on ABC or CBS without being heavily edited. But it was shown on CTV with the editing being to insert commercial breaks. The profanity, nudity, and violence was retained. $#!+ My Dad Says is a failed comedy that was on CBS but was also the number 1 new show of that season in Canada.

If the US electoral college's members voted based on the popular vote within their respective states rather than it being a winner-gets-all-EC-votes system it might actually be something closer to democracy. As it exists now it essentially makes the individual's vote nearly worthless but it does make predicting the winner extremely easy. Some of those beloved founding fathers really didn't want the masses having a say in who was in charge and the EC is somewhat a buffer for those who voted for the wrong person.

I would rather my head of state be Charles III than any of the Bush family. Jeb will probably try for the 2016 election.

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IF the idea of taming the barbaian Americans and making them part of Canada is so unappealing to well-read Canadians why would said Canadians entertain the idea of becoming barbarians themselves?
Many times more Canadians immigrate to the US than Americans who go north - I suggest you ask one of them. It stands out when you consider that America has ten times the population. The barbarians must have something to offer to keep them coming. Nice country though, Canada, I enjoyed living there.
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One other cultural difference - do you think there will be a mayor of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, or Seattle any time soon who is a Muslim? Naheed Kurban Nenshi won the mayoral election in Calgary in 2010 with a fairly comfortable margin.
That's nothing. The last governor of Michigan was...yeccch...I can't say it.
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Sometimes I think there should be only three countries on the whole American continent. 1) Brazil (as a Portuguese speaking nation), 2) All Latin American countries from Chile to Mexico (as a Spanish speaking nation), and 3) USA-Canada as the English-speaking nation of the North!
The animosity between the United States and Canada (if you can even call it that) is very, very mild compared to the that of Latin Americans.

A lot of people I have met from the north parts of South America really despise Mexicans for some reason. And though, they all speak Spanish, to them. The languages are very diverse.
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