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Drum Bunny

politics...

Posted on 2004.12.08 at 12:37
Obviously this is nothing new; traveling Americans have been trying to pass themselves off as Canadians since forever but this CNN.com link begs the question: Is it possible that American foreign-policy isn't all that it could be?

If, instead of trying to look like Canadians you tried to act like Canadians wouldn't all this be completely unnecessary?

Comments:


She shoots, SHE SCORES!!
pisceandreamer at 2004-12-08 10:00 (UTC) (Permanent link)
I've always found that trying to be polite and friendly usually works well. :)
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2004-12-08 10:20 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Yes, from experience I can assert that the individual American traveler usually is polite and friendly; but what I think I'm getting at here is something a little more global. Why is it, I ask myself, that traveling Americans even feel the need to disguise themselves as someone else.
See, that's what's caught in my craw.
Is it only Americans that do this? Are, say, Latvian nationals also considered paraiahs in some nook of the world? If so, why? Is it a jealousy thing, Latvians being so much better off than their neighbours or what?

Hmmm.. big questions and I think very touchy answers...
She shoots, SHE SCORES!!
pisceandreamer at 2004-12-08 10:37 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Why is it, I ask myself, that traveling Americans even feel the need to disguise themselves as someone else.

I'm thinking that folks don't want to think that us common slobs have anything to do with foreign policy.
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2004-12-08 10:53 (UTC) (Permanent link)
yeah, I tend to agree, C.
ex_scapula at 2004-12-08 10:06 (UTC) (Permanent link)
okay i've never heard toronto called 'hogtown'.
weird.
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2004-12-08 10:24 (UTC) (Permanent link)
I'd heard of the name, but I've never heard anybody but sportscasters use it. Mostly I've heard Toronto refered to as 'Trawna'.
ex_scapula at 2004-12-08 10:40 (UTC) (Permanent link)
yeah, or t-dot or something lame like that.
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2004-12-08 10:50 (UTC) (Permanent link)
T-dot? that one's new to me.

Tee-Oh is another one..
debaser
condorave at 2004-12-08 12:32 (UTC) (Permanent link)
As a Canadian who's been in the living in the United States for the past 2 years (and probably for the rest of my life, now), I think that I can safely say the reason Americans are so willing to purchase this Canadian kit is that 1) the average American tends to be harassed more about their politics by the international community than any other citizen of any other country due to the fact that the American influence is by far, the largest & 2) is it really fair for a LIBERAL american to be harassed and asked to defend the policies of their REPUBLICAN president? It is safe to say that the Republicans are not the ones purchasing these kits and that many liberals are trying their damndest to act more liberal & more Canadian, but it's very, very difficult given the Republican stronghold in this nation.

Speaking as a Canadian, I do find this kit somewhat offensive in that anyone trying to pose as a Canadian who probably has never even been to Canada just seems plain wrong. Anyone trying to pose as a nationality/religion not their own is offensive and misappropriation.

The bottom line? It sucks that these things have to exist. The current state of the world sucks. Talking about all of this is just really frustrating because I can see and empathize with both sides.

I hate that these people are the sort who are representing America and getting the most media coverage:
http://www.hugi.is/hahradi/bigboxes.php?box_id=51208&f_id=1211
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2004-12-10 07:20 (UTC) (Permanent link)
I think that you've the nail on the head, Agnes. Thank you.
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