The State of the Union Address US President Barack Obama would neve...
The State of the Union Speech that US President Barack Obama would NEVER give
1st: every time an American rips into so-called Canadian Socialism or our Universal Health care - I drive myself down to the Hospital to check if my feelings were hurt....for free.....and then Canada sends a centimeter of snow across the border....the Polar Vortex? That's just us being miffed and blowing really hard in a southerly direction...
2nd: Appreciation, Participation and Accountability - we can't selectively choose one group or another to praise or blame for our individual problems or our collective ones. When the US sneezes...we all catch a cold. We're all in this together people. The same applies to the US government - layers of government. Checks & balances. Laying blame at one layers feet is disingenuous.
3rd: We can legislate equality and try to ensure things are equitable (in some areas we still have a ways to go) - but you can't legislate hard work or personal motivation or recognizing something as an opportunity chasing it. Encouraging equitable access to education and and job opportunities is only the 1st step.....we all still need to run the marathon, for ourselves at our own pace. Don't legislate those with more natural ability and those who trained hard to wear combat boots and snow shoes just to ensure the results at the end are more equitable.
4th: "Guns don't kill people...people kill people." Yes guys...got it. "I put my gun on the table and watched it for 20 minutes....it didn't kill anyone"....yes...got it. It's my "constitutional right to bear arms" - guys...please quote the entire 2nd Amendment: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Incredibly easy access to firearms for use in criminal enterprise or short term mental breaks is the cause for such devastating events as Sandy Hook or any of the other myriad of firearm violence that does not get the massive National coverage. Mandatory Mental and security checks for people? Mandatory criminal background checks? These are the BASIC limits you oppose in Congress and the Senate? We limit the speed of cars on the road (a 3000lb potential weapon) and mandate people to register the car, take drivers lessons and get a license and buy insurance and take it away if people break the law - if we accept basic limits on that - why not the most basic limits for firearm ownership? Millions of responsible gun owners - yes - got it. I'm one of them. The bare bones basic limits guys. Lock up your weapons and ammo and worry not they will be stolen to be later used in a crime. Know that with the basic checks you go through - you are keeping your country collectively safer. Is it really that offensive?
5: TRUST is part of ANY negotiation and ANY relationship. It's integral. If you want to hold others accountable for their actions you have to expect they will want to hold you accountable for yours. Nuff' said. It's a two way street...and yes...it's a bumpy road with twists and turns but the we can learn from, appreciate and be better people from both the journey and the final destination.
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Daryl IFIR, you're Canadian. I won't tell what your Prime Minister Steven Harper should say to Canadians, and so you shouldn't tell what you think President Obama should say to us. Fair enough?
Please keep blogging,
Keith - the article writer wrote that speech not me - as for you and I telling our own or each others Political leaders what to say - I think it's fair to say they won't hear it - so chill.
Apart from that - I still think the points are valid...especially the one about the Polar Vortex.....Canadians "in the know" know... ;)
While they probably won't hear it (though I'd expect someone in the Office of the POTUS checks on such things here), that's not the point nor is the point that you re-posted the article of another Canadian. The point is that it strikes me as rude for non-nationals to criticize other government's officials in public. If a government is doing something horrendous that warrants attention, that's one thing, but otherwise it's none of their business.
It wouldn't be polite of me to publically say in a forum like this that Canada is a bad country because it doesn't allow enough of its citizens and residents to kill each other and themselves with handguns, or that by providing universal healthcare, you don't permit your people to go bankrupt for medical expense reasons or die through lack of medical access, the way we do. You might think that, but I couldn't possibly comment...
However, I will concede that Canadians are experts on "chill"...
Cheers (or "Chills"),
Hardly rude for the DC correspondent of the CBC to write an article on what he thinks is going on in DC as an opinion piece....that free press thing does get in the way of politeness doesn't it?
The article was very much tongue in cheek...