Canada: Is it better not to be Canadian?
By Barry O'Regan
Canada, since Confederation, always a desired place to be. In 1967 there was a song which glorified Canada and our way of life, with nary a word otherwise.
Coming full circle in the 21st Century, for some Canada’s newer post 1980 generation, the song still remains the same, but the tune sung by Canada's youth has changed.
Protests over this or that, or just for the sake of waving a sign over every issue at hand has these newer post 1980 generation of Canadians deriding the country of their birth and our society as a whole.
Whether it be the whiny Canadian's Mel Gibson like, wild armchair theories on the Environment, Justice, Government leaders, the Economy or their just their general lot in life, the youth always have something to say.
Imagine if you will, if all the whiny Canadian's wishes were granted, one can be sure they would protest having to pay increased taxes for their wishes. After all, the Money Fairy is just a myth and that is what the working Canadian Taxpayer is for.
Gilder Radner, once said in her Saturday Night Live character Roseanne Roseannadanna “It’s always something!” That certainly typifies these Canadians.
Perhaps, the older generation born in the fifties and sixties should offer a rebuttal against these dissatisfied upstarts.
There was a time long,long ago in a Canada far, far away in the pre-1970's, Canadians of that era remembered the good old days when doors to homes remained unlocked, pocket knives were the domain of most boys, without incidence, hats were removed during the Canadian Anthem, (Do you know the words?) Halloween candy given by neighbours was safe to eat and society as a whole was fully employed with a car and a house. This was before outsourcing Canada's manufacturing birthright as a developed nation to other less developed and third world countries, because liberal mentality at the time was share the wealth to those less fortunate. Today those same less than developed countries economies are booming, our economies are not so good, yet Canada perseveres.
Merry Christmas was given freely to one another, until shame was wrought upon us as a new word "Politically Correctness" became a forced liberal lexicon of our 1980s vocabulary.
It seems many the whiny Canadian are only truly happy if they are constantly complaining about everything about this country like a spoiled child, taking a tantrum whenever something is not to their liking. Work to them is a four letter word, spoken in hushed tones or on cardboard signs along the freeway ramps. Yet there is work for those who seek it, granted it may not be a princely sum, but then it never has been, but to all the few lucky who make six figures.
Is Canadian society perfect? No, far from it! But when you look at the big global picture, Canada and Canadian's have it pretty good. Why else would citizens from other countries around the world come knocking on our door looking for a slice of Canadian life?
The “Whiny” set should ask a new immigrant to Canada what their take is being Canadian, then perhaps their stance on being Canadian would be placed into a better perspective.
Course if they care to travel to other countries, especially the third world, they could ask those citizens how happy they are living in their country.
Looking at this video, it is a given the oppressed would wholeheartedly disagree with the whiny Canadian, if not display immediate outrage at these whiny Canadians who take Canada for granted.
If the whiny Canadian took the time to walk or run for their life in an immigrant's shoes in some of these countries, the (immigrant's) message would never be clearer.
Will Canada ever get back to those good old days? Not if the whiny Canadian has anything to say about it!
But then, that is just one opinion by one Canadian. But then this story can also apply to Whiny Americans who do not appreciate the country of their birth.
Happy New Year to all, .................... except for the Whiny Canadian, cause you know Happy to them usually means "Misery loves company".
Due to Now Public and their Copyright issues with AP not yet resolved, I direct you to view the slideshow in my Examiner story which stresses my point in this story Here!