I just expressed a similar attitude about Canada under our previous government. We have fallen globally to the point where we aren't seen as the "humanitarians" we are (were), where we aren't known for our contributions to peace and harmony... but instead for our destruction of the environment and our blind following of certain leaders into wars we can not win 'that way'. I'm not even American and I felt a sense of longing listening to the words. I even got a lump in my throat when he said "We sure used to be". It's true, America WAS once the greatest country in the world, but it certainly isn't now.
But now, now we are waking up thanks to a Prime Minister who remembers what it means to be "Canadian". Now we see that by focusing on what is just and what is right that we can rebuild our national image. By working together we can resolve our issues and move forward. This is what America needs to do.
It needs to stop and look at what made America great in the past. It's not about blind pride, it's not about inferiority. It's about unity, community, it's about working as one to build a stronger neighbourhood and in turn a stronger country. It's about holding out your hand when your fellow man needs a help up from the ground, but being ready to kick the butt of the one who knocked him down to begin with.
It's about being leaders, not in war, not in conflict and murder and, as he said incarceration, but to be leaders in technology that helps our planet, in programs that feed our hungry and care for our sick. I remember all the years I lived in the US I kept thinking, "where are the skyscrapers?" "where is the base on the moon?" "where is the great leader 'America' that I heard so much about growing up?"
It's about remembering that America (and Canada) are nations built on strength, not military, but the strength of community, of humanitarianism, strength of character and integrity.
OMG ok, I'm ranting and clearly too tired... but you know, as a Canadian, I don't hate the US or Americans... I feel sorry for them. You guys down there need to wake up and see your paranoia and fear are destroying you. Stop watching idiots and start remembering who you really are. You can be 'great' again (just like Canada will be soon).
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