Being Canadian I’m obviously left-leaning but only to the extent that I believe the State has a role in leveling the playing field.. I think most Americans would be shocked to know that in Canada “have” provinces, the ones that have a surplus, transfer some of that surplus to the “have-not” provinces through the federal taxation system. This money is supposed to help the have-not provinces provide an equality of services, especially when it comes to our infamous Universal Health Care. Of course there is much political maneuvering that centers on this but I’m just mentioning it here to underline the extent to which Canadians, of all political stripes, consider the distribution of wealth as morally normal. Of course the U.S. has influenced our politics and the current Conservative government is desperately trying to convince Canadians that Government is bad. But our National motto is Peace, Order and Good Government.. And for the most part that is what we get. We trust that our Parliament has the Nation’s interests at heart. Canadians have long been suspicious of people who tout their success and expect to be treated differently because of it which is very unlike the American way. When Americans succeed, they rub it in peoples’ faces and make the losers feel well, like losers. It is no surprise then that the U.S. political and economic culture has evolved to become obsessed with making everyone feel like a winner.. To render losing the ultimate crime against the State. How else can a country incarcerate so many of its own? How else can a Nation with so much wealth make Justice and Health Care so difficult to access for so many?
But to make the cornerstone of “No Loser Left Behind” the capacity for anyone and everyone to not only get a mortgage, but a mortgage on a poorly built McMansion with no money down and teaser rates and all the rest was an unbelievably cynical and downright stupid thing to do. And then to have done it with so little regard to procedure and established law? In a country that won’t shut up about the value of Justice and how great and free its people are? Give me a break.
Not to be inflammatory or anything but I think that only The Holocaust can be held up as more tragic example of so many people at all levels of society being so stupid and so blind as to what was going on. So the next time an American asks how the Germans could be so oblivious to what their State and its offices were up to a simple look in the mirror should be the first place he or she looks for an answer. Let’s hope that America can get its act together before the pathological narcissism that is gnawing away at it’s core is unleashed in a wave of collective madness.
And it’s not like I think Canada is a paragon of virtue. My country is populated by smug, free-riding opportunists. My fellow countrymen are being quite complacent about how much of the shit that is going through the U.S. fan is going to land on our faces. We are not prepared and will suffer the consequences.