Living In Canada

This is a vast land, full of contrasts and contradictions. Sometimes it is hard to define what it is to be Canadian, although I think most of us are proud that we are. Even moreso, we are proud of what we are not.



There are a lot of upsides to living in Canada. Here, our freedom from persecution based on race, sex, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. We can express ourselves openly without fear of police or government reprisal. We have universal health care, and high quality public education.



There are downsides to living here too. In most Canadian places, it's cold for more than half of the year. We pay some serious taxes too.



Overall, I love being Canadian. I love to travel to other places, but I'm always glad to come home.
superkev superkev
31-35, M
4 Responses Oct 7, 2006

Whe-he-he-hell... sounds like SOMEONE never learned the prime basis on which our country was founded. <br />
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"Give me your tired, your poor,<br />
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,<br />
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.<br />
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,<br />
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" <br />
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We are the land of the free(*chortle), home of the brave(*Bwa-ha-ha-HA!).<br />
More like land of the sheep, home of the slave. just like its ALWAYS been!!! citizens sit idly by, watching their country get dumped on by these illiterate (but always willing to bust their ***!!!!)<br />
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SLAVES ?<br />
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Because there's nothing YOU can do, radiant. There's nothing I can do, because there's ALOT of powerful people getting VERY rich because of this. Face it, that's the way our system is set up... If the majority has to suffer so the rich, white, protestant, fat cats can line their pockets, all the better. Your in less of a position to raise your voice.<br />
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and you don't think that the biggest colony of opportunists on the PLANET, who just happen to live right across the border in their own repressive "Dustbowl Ghetto" are gonna stop flooding over our weak-*** "border" anytime soon, so they can have four cement walls and a satellite with 20 whole Spanish channels of their very own, living just under the radar.<br />
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HUH... Ah ha!<br />
I've got this theory that this country will not survive another decade, it can't! The average duration of any empire is 200 years, and we've passed that mark about 35 years ago. C'mon... you dont see the cracks in the infrastructure? Collapse is imminent, and we're lined up like unstable dominoes for another civil war. Health care, unemployment, anti-american sentiment from every corner of the globe, murder rates-UP, children growing up stupid as ever. Our country is at an all time low, and were taking flack all over the world. The dollar is WAAAAY down, while the euro and the Chinese yuan have been casting their shadows on us for a decade now!!!<br />
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Tensions rise too much out of this piddly, insignificant, border fiasco; we've got another civil war on our hands. And how do YOU think the rest of the world will treat us when we're on our death bed??? will they reach out and give us a hand? Just forgive and forget our Trillion dollar deficit? Just forget how we've raped and policed and beaten the rest of the world down since World War II???<br />
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Or are they gonna take their chance, go for the kill, eliminate the parasite that in american society. Take back whats theirs, split the spoils.<br />
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I'm sorry to rant (not really), but your "american pride" has gone just about far enough. You're so blinded by the big picture, all you can worry about is some tired, poor, huddled masses, "invading" YOUR land. SELFISH STUPID PRIDE!!!<br />
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This country WILL kill us sooner, rather than later. We will ALL pay for americas crimes against man.<br />
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I've never claimed to be a "proud american". I've despised my upbringing in Iowa. The heartland. The melting pot. All the worst traits bubble and boil and fester here. but THAT'S a whole nother story... I think our only option, unless you want to drown with this sinking ship, is to get out. NOW. Canada's the best option as far as I can tell. Plus, they will welcome us with open arms, now... How willing are they going to be to keep their borders open after the **** hits the fan??? When theres 310,500,000 pissed off, poor, sick, gun-toting "americants" that think the world will just welcome over a quarter - BILLION refugees. Because there wont be anything left here, baby. Wasteland, Abyss...<br />
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Again, I'm sorry to preach. I just wanted you to realize that your little "immigrant" problem is just a flash in the pan radiant. I will leave you with a lyric from "Annihilation". If you don't already, I highly suggest you start listening to TOOL and A Perfect Circle. Maynard James Keenan has it all figured out.<br />
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From dehumanization to arms production,<br />
For the benefit of the nation or its destruction<br />
Power is power, the law of the land,<br />
Those living for death will die by their own hand,<br />
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Life's no ordeal if you come to terms,<br />
Reject the system dictating the norms<br />
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It's your choice, your choice, your choice, your choice,<br />
Peace or annihilation<br />
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WTF?

Hi, <br />
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I am an American. We need a tight border in Mexico for the following reasons:<br />
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1. Thousands of ILLEGAL Mexicans come each year.<br />
2. They work at lower pay because they do not want to be found.<br />
3. The people who pay them get richer because they pay these people less.<br />
4. The people who pay them do not keep record of the money they spend on the Mexicans,then they do not pay taxes on the employee wages/<br />
5. The illegal Mexicans have ONLY ONE BABY here and then they get FREE EMERGENCY ROOM care and doctors.<br />
6. But they do not pay the taxes which would help with the healthcare and the state and the country.<br />
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The bottom line is: Would you let a Russian, a German, a Jordanian, an Iranian, a Jew, a Greek, or an Italian into your country as undocumented, with no car license, no social security number, no visa, no work record, no identity. Then would you pay all of his medical bills, pay for all of his babiesto be born, pay for his kids to go to our public schools and NEVER ASK HIM TO SERVE IN THE ARMY, pay taxes, or buy his own health insurance? <br />
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But at the same time that we treat the Medican as a distant relative who came to visit, we ask our immediate family to move over and let him stay. We pay for our health insurance and THEIRS. We pay for our schooling and THEIRS, We pay for our babies to born and THEIRS. <br />
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Israel is not on the south side of our border, neither are Iran, Germany, and Italy. <br />
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If they were on the south side of our border. And they were coming here to get a free life, we would be angry with them for the same reasons that we are angry with the Mexicans. <br />
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The Mexicans marched down the streets of Los Angeles flying their Medican Flag and yelling at us because we want them to become American and pay taxes or go home to Mexico. <br />
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That Mexican flag going down our streets was saying to us, "this is our land you ******* Americans" and "we own you". And we are not going to thank you for saving our babies for free. <br />
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R

20 years earlier i lived in canada, it is greates place in the world, people are kind and friendlier than american, , ithik it is because canadian are not like hitler germany or Bushes America to control and to bully the world, and fight wars million miles away from its borders, as rhere will never democracy in the world as long as America dictates the poor world,<br />
it america was peacfull as canada and mind it own business ,world will be peacful and safer place for all espaciall for americans, <br />
may be canada must launch peacfull attack on america so unted states become has peace with it self and do soul searching, so world become peaceful in absence od americab bullying the rest of poor world,,<br />
I amm sure if canada would not have been canded or diplomatic towards america, , american ellits would have made canda instable, or even put ecconomic blocade or even rasor fencing allong canadian american border, similar what american unser bush have don´w on maxicon american border,or same as berlin wall built be russians with smae american thinkilg, why america are nor critized, the crime of scilence, as we have no civil courage, ,but side with greatest perptratos america who can go further crazy beyound our imagination, canada world love you and respects you, thank you government that canadians dont die like rats in irak or prase candian they dont cooperate with devil to do killig of irakis, and expecting flower. God praise the canada and praise the Queen.<br />
but I wish Queen could have civil courage to mention that Irak war was wrong, and suffering of palastinian is going to long ,but we all shy away to have civil courage against superpowers or thier powerfull sarrogate like Israel. who have themselves wuner culture of hate and reveng under president hitlar or accupiers similar to third reich who accupy lands in middle east and think tank in washinton to rob to ruien the world with