Stereotypes

Do all Canadians think Americans are out of touch with the world?

Questy Roadtrips to Canada 2001 Ontario and 2002 PEII read the following statement in an outline forum last week, "As a Canadian, I often feel that Americans are out of touch with the world around them." It was stuck in my head all weekend long.

My daughter was with me the weekend and I asked her about a family roadtrip we took to Canada in 2002, and she immediately recalled the same incident I was thinking about. One exchange with a Canadian that stands out in my mind.  We were at a Canadian historic site and the volunteer said she was a school teacher. She asked my children were they local to the area, and where did they go to school. They replied, "we don't live around here, we live in Delaware."  Her reply was, "Is that in North Carolina?"

Living on the east coast of the United States, we have been to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., many times. As a family I took my kids on one roadtrip where we visited Ottawa and Toronto, and another where we visited the North Atlantic, driving through New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.

While in Canada I compared historic sites and their significance to Canadian government, to similar places in the United States.  While we in Ottawa we visited the Canadian Parliament. While in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, we visited the historic sites of the Canadian Articles of Confederation.

An online exchange with an angry Canadian

I vividly recall an online conversation with a Canadian in 2004 where the question was asked, "Are you aware that 85% of Canadians think that the US is partly or fully responsible for the 9/11 incident? What can you say in your defense?"

I asked for a reference to a specific poll that supports the claim, but never saw one. Another statement was made during the conversation, " Are you aware that a recent public opinion poll in Europe has named US and Israel the main threats to world peace."

Eliminate names of politicians and political parties from headlines

American Politics: The political bickering solves nothing and is getting old.Looking at news headlines, it appears that any story the traditional news media runs that talks about legislation must highlight the battle between political parties.

Here are the first four words of a recent news headline, "Senate GOP Blocks Obama..."

... and the story that follows begins with, "Senate Republicans dealt President Obama..."

You could use these examples to illustrate numerous news stories that begin with the names of a political party or politician that is winning or losing over the names of the other political party or politician.

Numerous comments on articles point to "you Republicans" or "all you liberals" as the cause of all the problems in society.

The political parties and politicians aren't the winners and losers, the citizens of the United States of American are the winners and losers.

The political bickering solves nothing and is getting old.

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