Canadians down tools for Obama
Barry Artiste Op/Ed
You know it's funny that on one hand it is said do not paint the actions of one with the same brush to an entire populace. I have been writing Op/Ed for Now Public for close to two years and have seen comments fly both Pro and Con against and for Americans from not only Canadians but from readers all over the world. When Bush was in power the majority of readers slammed not just Bush, but Americans in general, I have had lengthy tirades posted in my comments section by many. Now if we are told not to paint the actions of one with the same Brush, how come now that Obama is President that all of a sudden there is a rush for a USA LOVE FEST, certainly Hypocritical if you ask me, as far as I am concerned the USA has the same people, you had reviled, only the Head of Government has changed. I have always supported the American people as loving and fiercely loyal and patriotic to their country. Something sorely lacking in our own Country Canada, I say this because when we as Canadians stop what we are doing, eyes glued to the TV, reading every little tidbit on Obama, it makes me think those who deride the USA and it's citizens are most likely Jealous of the US Patriotism, Loyalty to their Commander in Chief and a Nation as one of the most beloved place to immigrate to the world over. Many US schools take an Oath of Alliegance at the beginning of the school day, flag raising in the morning etc. Canada use to do that too in the 1960s pre Trudeau era.
For two decades I have attended many sporting events, when the Canadian Anthem is sung, normally one stands at attention, hand over heart, many a time I look around and see thousands standing or sitting with nary a word coming out of their mouths, I feel like shouting, Hey at least make an attempt to sing the words! Watch an American at a sporting event sing their National Anthem and you will see a big difference, all are standing, hand over heart, singing their lungs out with flags waving.
It would be nice if Canadians had that kind of loyalty and patriotism shown to their own Country and Leader, we had it at one time long ago, but lost it. With divided political parties in Canada and whiny infighting with their own personal agenda among our leaders, I doubt we will ever get it back, "pity!"
Jealousy is in the "Eye of the Beholder" and I am the first one to admit I am jealous of the Loyalty, Patriotism and People of that Great Country to the South of us called the "Good ole USA"! I surmise since Canada came to a standstill during Obamarama, they are envious of the USA as well.
Students and staff watch the inauguration of Barack Obama in the Rotunda of the University of Ottawa.Photograph by: Jean Levac, Ottawa Citizen
Canadians across the country paused at home, work and school on Tuesday for what many believe will become a generation-defining moment.
The library at Ottawa's Carleton University in Ottawa fell uncharacteristically silent while dozens watched the inauguration of President Barack Obama on a TV.
That ended in a burst of applause the moment Obama recited his oath as the 44th president of the United States.
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