October 28, 2012

The Dangers of American Exceptionalism

Janice Kennedy, Ottawa Citizen

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My fellow North Americans, can we talk? Yes, I mean you, my starred-and-striped friends. I’ve been mesmerized by the election campaign that will send you to the polls shortly, and I’d love to bounce an idea off you. True, I’m an outsider. And I know what you think about outsiders, when you’re even aware they exist. (We Canadians sometimes get huffy that you pay no attention to us, but we shouldn’t. Unless you’re being attacked, you don’t pay attention to anyone beyond your borders.) But I hope, as continental cousins, you’ll give me a moment of your time. Here’s my idea. How about climbing down the hill? How about abandoning that shining city you love so much, and joining the rest of us here in the real world?

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