Monday, November 8


George W. Bush's re-election illuminates an important point about Canada: We often define our identity by what we are not.

That we are not Americans, posited pyschologically in such a transnational culture where New York and Los Angeles are cultural capitals for Canada too, is no small thing.

Bush 43's victory is just as alienating south of the border, given how those big coastal cities feel just as disenfranchised.

Does that mean we, in Canada, do not subscribe to prioritizing "moral issues", as ascribed to those in Ohio at the exit polls? Are we in Canada less moral?

No. In fact, we Canadians possess the greater morality. Our progressiveness better facilitates Christian notions of humility, tolerance, non-violence and acceptance.

Canada's concept of multiculturalism is underlined by the notion of loving your brother as yourself (that is the inherent ideal); a concept whose moral antecedent is the precept of being equal before God.

Pot smoking and abortion? Michael Coren may disagree, but those are blatant baubles of permissiveness that distract from our overall, over-arching approach: We show restraint.

One historical example is our treatment of Native populations. While America practiced outright genocide--something Hitler himself referenced during his assault on Russia--Canadians practiced live and let live within the confines of military neutralization. Similar restraint was shown against the French (neutralized not eradicated) and with the Indians more recently at Oka. And even in October 1970 during the FLQ crisis. (A show of force as a deterrent, without overt oppression that would bolster and solidify a popular ethnic uprising.)

While the FLQ wanted to goad the Feds into over-reaction, they didn't. Whereas, in America, a much oppressed and justifiably violent Black minority was brutally attacked and punitively terrorized by a State agency. (See: Dr. King versus the famous homosexual, J. Edgar Hoover.)

Police and State militia riots against the public have been common: The Civil War, Kent State, the '68 Democratic Convention In Chicago, Seattle a few years ago, all through the South for decades and decades.

Add to those examples the Patriot Act--exercised with much more enthusiasm and much less restraint than our version here--Nixon's IRS attacks on enemies of the state--which often meant comedians and authors--the House Un-American Activities Committee, Mcarthyism, etc.

The list of foreign nationals and populations that have been subjected to outright devastation, and administrative torture by Jesus-loving America, is just too long.

I believe America refers to that list often. In fact, the list of American atrocities and conquests is formally taught. The list is called "American history".

History, like the nightly news, is often bloody--and it often excites us. Of course, Canadian history, by contrast, is not unlike Jesus or Ghandi.

By the standard of American history, those two hippies were boring until they themselves were the victims of violence.

While the bloodied, and bloody, War President gets ready for four more we, here in Canada (especially Ontario and Quebec) recognize that we share a mutual antipathy for the cultural half of America that Bush cultivates and represents.

Family values? Well, crazy Uncle Sam that shows up but at the family reunion farting, with a shotgun in one hand, and the Bible in the other, isn't expelled exactly--just sighed at. People get out of the way. Roll their eyes, and quietly excuse themselves. The rest of Uncle Sam's family may even be really nice people.

This "rest of America", the America of the multi-cultural cities, sighs along with us too.

You're not alone, Canada. Just more aware that outlook and perspective, more than blood, is thicker than water.

God Bless Canada.