Trump Derangement Syndrome: Better if American Revolution never happened!

Derangees want to be Justin’s pet bunnies. From Adam Gopnik at the New Yorker:

WE COULD HAVE BEEN CANADA: Was the American Revolution such a good idea?

The thought is taboo, the Revolution being still sacred in its self-directed propaganda. One can grasp the scale and strangeness of this sanctity only by leaving America for a country with a different attitude toward its past and its founding. As it happened, my own childhood was neatly divided between what I learned to call “the States” and Canada. In my Philadelphia grade school, we paraded with flags, singing “The Marines’ Hymn” and “Here Comes the Flag!” (“Fathers shall bless it / Children caress it / All shall maintain it / No one shall stain it.”) We were taught that the brave Americans hid behind trees to fight the redcoats—though why this made them brave was left unexplained. In Canada, ninth grade disclosed a history of uneasy compromise duality, and the constant search for temporary nonviolent solutions to intractable divides. The world wars, in which Canadians had played a large part, passed by mostly in solemn sadness. (That the Canadians had marched beyond their beach on D Day with aplomb while the Americans struggled on Omaha was never boasted about.) Patriotic pageantry arose only from actual accomplishments: when Team Canada won its eight-game series against the Russians, in 1972, the entire nation sang “O Canada”—but they sang it as a hockey anthem as much as a nationalist hymn.More.

Reality check: Actually, as one who was there at the time, I can say that Gopnik’s statement is flat out false. I remember the winning goal. I was coming back to my desk from getting a coffee and suddenly doors and windows opened all over and people were singing the national anthem – as a victory against the regimentation of communism. That’s how most people saw it.

Hockey was never sophisticated, elite, or progressive. That’s what made it great.

In real life, government-directed, tax-funded “Culture” has been a key reason Canada has never achieved any culture comparable to our resources. U.S. progressives, faced with continuously declining interest in their stuff, would love a system of praised and protected mediocrity like ours.

Ray of hope: Very few celebs who promised to move here if Trump was elected have done so.

See also: M-103: Petition to enable recall referendums in Canada. The mere prospect, in the imagination, of getting rid of the sharia law-friendly progressives before 2019 is invigorating even if nothing happens.

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  • deplorabledave

    will never grow old.

  • andycanuck

    My entire R.C. grade school (of about 300 kids) were in the gym watching the game on one TV. I remember when Henderson scored Mr B giving Mrs J (the most-beautiful woman in the world, ever!) a big hug and a kiss lifting her off her feet. The hug that is not the kiss. 🙂

    • Clink9

      I was in grade 9 for the Canada / USSR series. We were let out of school for the games. It was the Cold War On Ice.

      Hockey anthem my ass.

      • k2

        Of course it was – and the good guys won. Emotion, passion, creativity and simple humanity defeating clinical, passionless, robot-like efficiency. A nice metaphor for the two opposing ideologies, the freedom of the West and the totalitarianism of the Soviet Union.

  • andycanuck

    There’s nothing wrong with the mental exercise of imagining the American Revolution didn’t occur or was crushed early but not from the point of view of today’s America is an evil dump along with a Chomskyite “Republicans are the greatest evil ever!” crap—if only we were more like Canada. However, I think I’ll leave that to alternate history sci-fi writers (or real historians) rather than the New Yorker.

    • Waffle

      Good advice. Gopnick has a bad, bad case of rose-coloured glasses. Perhaps it is inevitable considering the fact that he is the son of American professors who taught at McGill. So young Adam grew up in Montreal, actually the futuristic Habitat ’67. I mean, what better place to experience the much-discussed “two solitudes”? But I guess he had his fill of the two solitudes when Bill 101 came into effect and he high-tailed it back to the melting pot of the Republic.

      “. . .there is something to be said, however small, for government by an efficient elected élite devoted to compromise.”

      Well, Adam, that flowery ideal has turned to dust with the current kleptomaniacs and power-hungry vultures running the show and we are left holding the bag. There is no legal mechanism at our disposal to throw the bums out except hoping beyond hope for the next election which may never come but if it does you can be sure it will be rigged. The writing is already engraved on the wall.

  • Why doesn’t this @$$hole renounce his American citizenship then?

  • J. C.

    Our only option at this point is civil war and to kill all the leftist politicians and their supporters…

    Unfortunately, the Right are even less willing to fight than the Left. We’re toast. 🙁

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