I’m sitting in the tin palace right now, waiting for the Canada Day weekend to kick-off, and I feel inspired by only “one” subject today, and I want to talk about it at 4:20 this afternoon on Neil Morrison’s radio show in Vancouver.
But I have a problem.
I got up this morning revved about something I heard on the radio last night, but as I scour the internet, I can’t find anything in print.
It was a story about how much better Canada is than the United States.
We have a better economy right now and a better standard of living. On average we make more money than they do, work fewer hours per week and we’re a whole lot healthier than they are.
All wonderful things to hear, but before I bellowing about how much better this country is than the United States, I wouldn’t mind having some black and white on the issue, an article of some sort to back up the claim.
Some might argue I don’t need it, because it’s painfully obvious that we’ve got it all over the States when it comes to life in general, but if I’m going to make this a subject on Neil’s show, I need more.
I can’t even remember what station I heard it on last night. I was driving up the 115 when I heard it, but I can’t remember whether it was on 640, or 1010 or even when of the Peterborough stations.
I should have made a mental note and then actually called the station this morning looking for the source, but I didn’t. I was just cruising along, enjoying the ride, and I assumed I’d simply google the story this morning and it would be there.
I can’t find the bastard.
I’ll be honest, I’m a frequent viewer of Fox News because I’m fascinated by it. I’m impressed by the large collection of arsholes they’ve managed to assemble, and a constant theme on the channel how wonderful the United States is, with the often attached tag, the greatest country on earth.
It’s a bit frustrating for a Canadian because we sit on their northern border, but it’s like we don’t exist. Most references to Canada on Fox News or condescending or almost paternal, like we wouldn’t exist without them.
Shawn Hannity is probably the biggest culprit. He’s got his head stuffed so far up his ass it’s unbelievable, his delusional view of the United States is so twisted and over-rated its actually harmful.
But I won’t waste much time on this whack job, because I could keep writing until tomorrow afternoon.
Believe me, when it comes to Canadian politics, I lean to the right, but if I was an American, the likes of Shawn Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Fox News would turn me into a Democrat.
But I digress.
The original point of this column was to expose my frustration with not being able to find a written article attached to what I heard on the radio last night.
From top to bottom, from every goddamn angle possible, Canada is a better place to live than the United States.
I guess I shouldn’t care that much because it really doesn’t matter when you get right down to it. I live in Canada, I love Canada, and I know how great our country is.
Why should I care what anybody else thinks?
I’m sitting hear looking at the Canadian flag that flies at the end of my dock, knowing that tomorrow night the Tiki Bar will be crowded with people wearing red and white and celebrating something that Americans are oblivious to.
We have them beat from top to bottom.
Happy Canada Day everyone!