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France is to the North
by Paul Walfield
28 March 2003

The fans at the Islanders-Canadians game in Montreal didn't just boo a little; they booed for the entire length of our national anthem.

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I know, Canada is to our north, but if you look at the similarities between France and Canada, France is on our northern border. 

It is an amazing turn around in both reality and tradition.  As a child, most people are taught not to bite the hand that feeds you, and treat others the way you yourself would like to be treated. We all were also taught that people are the same everywhere and usually, when you do right by someone, they owe you. Not necessarily in a literal way, but at least morally.

Then we come to countries in the world.  It is getting old, but it does need to be said.  America did save the French from horrific defeats in two world wars.  America built France from the rubble it was after World War II, into a relatively powerful European nation.  In return, France spits in America’s face any chance they get.

Then there is Canada.  It is also, relatively speaking, a prosperous nation.  It is technologically advanced and morally bankrupt, just like France.

It is advanced, because America imports about 80% of what Canada exports and we get to put hundreds of billions of American tax dollars into our military every year to protect ourselves and Canada.  That way, Canadians can spend Canadian pennies for their own defense and spend the rest on whatever.  Whether Canadians want to believe it or not, if it wasn't for the United States, Bangladesh would be giving Canada a run for their money.

Not to mention the fact that it will be costing American taxpayers a whole lot more in years to come because Canada has no immigration policy.  Canada allows anyone into their country; America needs to protect our northern border more than our southern.

It wasn’t bad enough that Canadian politicians spouted off anti-American rhetoric by “accident” every now and then.  Whether it was some Canadian fool calling our president a name or damning all Americans in general, Canadian politicians seemed to always speak their minds whenever they thought “the microphones were off.” 

But now, the gloves have got to come off.  Those miserable Canadian fools decided that a hockey game would be just the right venue to show America what Canada thought of its benefactor.  While the band played our national anthem at the New York Islander vs. Montreal Canadians game on March 20, 2003, at Bell Center, in Montreal, Canada, the sell out crowd of 21,273 booed.  They didn’t just boo a little; they booed for the length of the anthem.

Apparently, the Canadian crowd decided they didn’t approve of America defending itself against tyrants, maybe they believed Saddam Hussein should stay in power and America was morally wrong to use military force to oust a mass murdering tyrant from power, or maybe they are just morally bankrupt.

Perhaps Canadian indignation over America’s desire to maintain its standing in the world is simply cowardice.  Canadians pride themselves in the fact that they as Canadians have no enemies.  Canadians will not ruffle the feathers of anyone for fear of not being liked.  Canadians cannot even fathom being bombed, so if America was, it must have been America’s fault.  Canadians can afford to have a Sheryl Crow view of the world and simply appease any and all vile nations and peoples because America is its mentor, and while Canadians know this, they don’t, like all folks who have no worries, think it will never end, no matter how badly they behave.

No doubt, most Americans have nothing but good feelings and warmth for our “friends” to the north.  Most Americans view being hated by many in the world as a new phenomenon and mostly coming from third world nations, that just don’t know any better, or France.

Now, we need to realize that the hate that is percolating in much of the world for America’s downfall or at least lessening is also emanating from our friends to the North. 

The incident at the stadium is not an isolated one.  It is reflected in the speeches given by Canadian politicians, and poll after poll taken in Canada. 

What we are as Americans has not changed for the past century.  We are and have been liberators and friends to all who have asked in the world.  America is not a colonizer of other nations nor do we enslave anyone.  America promotes and, unlike the Left sees democratic values as a benefit to all peoples of the world and not an “imposition.”

America needs to start reminding people of those facts and letting folks know that criticism and sanctions can be a two way street.


Paul Walfield is a freelance writer and member of the State Bar of California with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and post-graduate study in behavioral and analytical psychology. He resided for a number of years in the small town of Houlton, Maine and is now a California attorney.

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