Skip to comments.Anti-Americanism In Canada
Posted on 09/01/2012 1:12:30 PM PDT by PingPongChampion
One of the most deplorable habits still spreading amongst Canadian liberals seems to be anti-Americanism. The saddest thing about those who spout anti-Americanism is that their views aren't rebellious, original, or remotely unique. In fact, their views only exhibit their insurmountable ignorance and the nonsensical and hypocritical nature of their conformity. Canadians who proudly display their anti-Americanism in public and in private conversations haven't only failed at making themselves look intelligent, they've failed to provoke anything but laughter and ridicule from rational Canadians. The nature of anti-Americanism in Canada has no roots in logic, nor does it have any place in a country that's culture, military, and economy depend so strongly on decisions that are made south of our border.
What we're talking about here isn't mere anti-Bush or anti-war sentiment. What we're talking about is relentless, abrasive, and acerbic stereotypes being spewed from the mouths of ordinary (mostly liberal) Canadians on a regular basis, in conversations, on television, and in literature.
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But...but...but Barry said everyone was going to love us once he was elected to the presidency. Those living in this country don’t even like each other anymore! What the hell went wrong?!
My Canadian ex girlfriend doesn’t hate Americans. Just me.
Imagine if the only thing you knew about Americans came from the mainstream media. Or from speeches by the current occupants of the White House, for that matter.
Not only that, he also promised to call on the president of Canada as soon as he took office.
I have traveled and lived all over the world and from my perspective nobody hates Americans more than Canadians, Britons, and Australians.
Ironically, a close second to those nationalities are Mexican nationalists/fascists in the US who think at the heart of the failure of the Mexican state and the oppression of Mexicans inside and outside of Mexico is the United States.
Worse yet, if we were not to limit hate of America to foreigners, the group that hates the United States most are American liberals, notably those on the academic left and their brain washed sheep in the Occupy and anarchist movements.
While there is most definitely a vein of anti-Americanism that exists in Canada, it is merely a sidebar of the distant love affair leftist Canadians have for the “progressive and advanced” socialist Utopias of Europe, namely Sweden, Iceland, and Denmark. Unsurpisingly, immigration from Canada to those havens of liberal generosity is almost nil inspite of the relative ease of doing so. Canada remains a place where people can enjoy the benefits of security, economic choice, easy access to American travel destinations and entertainment while still collecting a monthly check from Ottawa with almost no strings attached.
I do not quite know what to think of this article. He is right that Canadian liberals loathe the US but so do US liberals. The conservative freedom loving Canadians I know are worried about the US and what it means to them once freedom’s light is finally extinguished.
“I have traveled and lived all over the world and from my perspective nobody hates Americans more than Canadians, Britons, and Australians.”
They don’t, you’re just more aware of it because you speak the same language.
I’m an Englishman and I encountered more anti-British sentiment when I lived in California than I did when I lived in France, Germany, Dubai or the Czech Republic, but that was largely because I understood the nuances of the language better.
If you want anti-British sentiment, this is the ideal forum - it’s full of people who hate the British and take every opportunity to run my country down, usually based on some half-baked tabloid story. :)
Seriously, it's nice to know that the United States doesn't have a monopoly on nit wits.
As a still-thawing ex-Canadian in Arizona I’ve seen both sides. One faction of my Dad’s family thinks Americans are evil incarnate. The entrepreneurial side of his family loves Americans as their best customers and would line up well with Sarah Palin on conservatism. My Mom wants me to come back to Canada before the SHTF down here.
My family and I just returned from a week’s vacation in Ontario up near Georgian Bay. The folks we met there were invariably nice and displayed no disdain or superiority at all - despite it being the 250th Anniversary of the War of 1812 where they kicked us out of the area. We had a fine week of Tim Horton’s coffee, Peameal Bacon and eggs for breakfast and Poutine and steaks for dinner. If a few of them have a bug in their bonnets about us Yanks, it doesn’t seem to affect the majority. They’re good people up there.
It is interesting that you say this, because my experience is the exact opposite.
My experience with my fellow Americans is that they are without exception anglophiles, and irrationally so.
You see this in the media, where Americans have been purged in favor of the English, for example, that idiot Piers Morgan, as well as Simon Cowell, Gordon Ramsey, Sharon Osborne and other blowhards.
Americans are the only shameless people on this planet that allow the English to go on their national television programs and insult them to their faces on a daily basis.
And there is an American cult surrounding Christopher Hitchens, including in Free Republic, that is inexplicable.
And don’t get me started with the American fascination with and adulation of the House of Windsor, that inbred German family that is worthy of disdain and ridicule more than anything else.
“I have traveled and lived all over the world and from my perspective nobody hates Americans more than Canadians, Britons, and Australians.”
I would have to exclude Albertans from the mix. Perhaps because they have fewer lefties in the province and they are more self reliant in their energy rich province.For me they seemed to have more of a self reliant American mindset than the typical Canadian. Always found them welcoming. Quebec, on the other hand....
Also,the Aussies, provided you are not talking to a lefty, did not display any animus.They are fun loving folks. Unfortunately though it seems every time I go back to Australia the lefties have multiplied and the Western European mindset is taking hold on some of them.
Got drunk with a lot of OZites on R&R. Great place.
My Mother was Canadian, Maritimes, no sense of Humor.
Kinda like our family when it comes to the Brits.We're Boston Irish and one of my Dad's older brothers and one of his older sisters hated the Brits with a passion.My Dad,OTOH, (who was much younger than both of them) liked and admired the Brits.Hating Americans is very chic and very safe.Some folks,I guess,have nothing better to do.
Funny story on the subject...when I was younger I did a lot of overseas traveling,including in other English speaking parts of the world.People in Australia,for example,would always me if I was Canadian when,in fact,I sound more New York than anything.One day I asked a guy who asked me that why he thought I was a Canadian after having told him I was American.He said "well,we have trouble telling the difference down here and it's safer to ask that way because when an American is mistaken for a Canadian he's not at all insulted whereas when some Canadians are mistaken for an American they get rather snippy.
As for thawing out in AZ I can easily understand why half the license plates I see in Florida in January are Canadian but isn't Arizona too big a leap? ;-)
Most of it is injected here and there in the Canadian mere colonials by Britons. Many Canadian conservatives (left-leaning by American standards, being British identity) also try to identify more with the British against Americans. Remember Diefenbaker? The attitude goes way back. They have a different kind of nationalism from Americans (more from symbolism, less from deeds). In efforts to distance themselves as much as possible from being identified as Americans, they go through identity crises. During several recent elections over the past couple of decades, some of the more conservative candidates (by our US standards) were publicly accused of being “too American.”
Where are you from? My Mother is from St Michael's on Wyre between Blackpool and Lancaster.
I know the only reason FReepers tend to dislike the U.K. is due to historical grievance, believe me whenever our god king Barak Hussein Ubama II insults our old Union, they are quick to defend it.
Anglophobia? Here? I'm surprised,but then I haven't paid close attention.Yes,we speak disparagingly about your health system and we're doing our best to avoid going down the same path but that doesn't result in hatred.Count me as a huge fan of Britain.Count me as a huge admirer of Churchill,Thatcher and Nigel Farage (among others).
Anti-American Canadians might be a special category, because of the proximity and closeness in culture and speech of Canadians to Americans (sorry anti-American Canadians, it's real close). However, on a number of trips to Canada (including one to Alberta last year), my wife and I have found Canadians to be very nice people. In one situation, as we were returning to our car after visiting a Canadian monument in southern Alberta, we noticed a man standing in back of our car staring at it. He spoke "from Wisconsin, eh!" We said ah yes, not quite knowing what to expect. The very friendly man then proceded to talk our heads off about how much he liked the U.S. So gross generalizations are pointless. Of course there are many obnoxious, stupid Americans. Many of them will gathering next week in N.Carolina. Every country has them. Does no good to get excited because some Canadian leftists, like all leftists, don't like us. Tough toenails.
I worked for years with a British woman who married an American and had settled here.We got on great but she'd jokingly call me "bogg hopper" and I'd jokingly call her "former Colonial oppressor".
I like Canada on my trips there, and I’m sure most Canadians love their country. Otherwise we’d be reading about the throngs of Canadians trying to get into the U.S. instead of Mexicans. But I know a guy who emigrated from Canada because he said the opportunities for success were far greater in the U.S. than in his native country. He was very successful in his career in sales in America.
The Queebs have always hated us.
Florida is our vacation destination but Arizona is a very popular spot for “snowbirds”, retirees who spend winters in the south and summers back here.
I visited Alberta a year ago, they love Americans there.
Nah, they're just irritated because some Brit put malt vinegar on their chips er french fries when they weren't looking. Somebody like my wife who was born and raised in Norwich. Just kidding. I doubt most of the people making the anti-Brit statements actually hate the British. Most people on this forum, like me, admire Churchill and Thatcher too much. Besides, my wife would beat the crap out of me if I took down her little Union Jack pennants that she put among her flowers in the front yard.
You go to Fort Lauderdale in late December and you suddenly think you’re in Quebec, everybody on the beach was speaking French.
Haha. That’s hilarious.
“The Queebs have always hated us.”
They hate Canadians too! Forgive them, they are French.
Canadian liberals are just like your American ones, but its just that they don’t need to pretend to actually like America...
Canada has been the “not-United States” since 1776.
Awe Jeze. I hope they didn’t kill Kenny again?
Take off aye!
As an ex-Canuckistani from BC, the author hit it out the ballpark.
When I was in high school, the only thing we were taught is how evil America was.
This from a country who gets their patriotic fervor from a beer commercial (Molson). My favorite moment back in school was “if we are part of the Commonwealth, then why do we have to put French as the official language?”
“But I know a guy who emigrated from Canada because he said the opportunities for success were far greater in the U.S. than in his native country. He was very successful in his career in sales in America.”
You were describing me? Born in Sask, schooled in Vancouver, emigrated offcially in 2006 officially after a sports scholarship from UW was offered.
I almost cried when I went to 7-11 and any store in America were selling beer. In BC, the govt controls both liquor sales and car insurance. In California, there are 5000 car insurance companies and in BC, the cheapest you can get from the govt was $90/month....I am not kidding.
So whomever fool or idiot tells you that canadian healthcare is free, it’s not true...you pay a monthly premium or you head to jail. I escaped obamacare now I am knee-deep in this sh*t in 2014.
Not you....the guy I know emigrated about forty years ago. But thanks for your story. Is UW U-Wisconsin? How did like us Cheeseheads?
Canadians are the best friends Americans have, period. They will go to the wall for us long before Israelis or Brits.
Remember who risked their lives, hiding our diplomats that weren’t taken hostage in Tehran? Not the Brits or anyone else.
It was the Canadians. They made our diplomats Canadian citizens with fake ID’s and smuggled them out.
I have friends all over the world. My trust in Canadians is automatic, can’t say that about anyone else.
Although, it is not possible to have more fun in a bar than with Aussies.
Nah, it’s University of Washington. My cousin on my mother’s side played for U Wisc on their hockey team though, and same with my other uncle for Miami of Ohio.
My only contacts with Canadians have been in grad school and on FR. Even the lefty Canadians I met in grad school only seemed to exhibit good-natured ribbing regarding the US (namely, US pop culture and American beer were the targets). I know that Canada has their jerks, but I haven’t personally met one.
Well, since my wife of 25 years had the poor grace to die unexpectedly a couple of years ago our Canadian sister site, Free Dominion, has welcomed me and put up with my daily pointless blatherings of my daily life.
There are a lot of good people in Canada- and some knuckleheads, just like we have here.
“In fact, their views only exhibit their insurmountable ignorance and the nonsensical and hypocritical nature of their conformity.”
Some 4 decades ago, I was a student at a northern US university (bordering Canada). It never ceased to amaze me when I would hear the Canadian hockey players,ON SCHOLARSHIP, bitching about what a “raw deal” they we’re getting in the States.
For some reason, I have long been fascinated by Canada. I have spent a lot of time communicating with Canadians on another forum, especially about politics and culture. I often find that Canada and the United States are so close and yet so far. For example, “Conservatism” and “Liberalism” mean different things in Canada than they generally mean in the United States. One Canadian on the forum even opined that the United States is MORE socialist than Canada! FWIW, I am a “red stater” who finds Canada more liberal (as Americans understand that word) than our “bluest” states.
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