I love America! Well… let me qualify that statement and say that I love “visiting” America. I have travelled extensively throughout the U.S. and last week the family visited Florida (Orlando, Hollywood and Miami). I have always found the people to be friendly and accommodating if need be. The infrastructure and other necessities for an acceptable quality of life is comparable enough to Canada to make vacationing there comfortable. However, I am always glad when I return home. Crossing the border on Saturday back into Canada I saw a bumper sticker which read: “Proud to be Canadian!” Canada is no paradise and we have our issues here to contend with, but I wholeheartedly agreed with the sentiment on that bumper sticker.
I have also been fortunate to travel to a few “third world” countries, both as a tourist and a visitor. As well, I had spent much of my formative years growing up in Jamaica. I have therefore seen and experienced to an extent, what are considered some of the characteristics which define a “third world” country. The widening gap between not just the rich and the poor, but more importantly, between “the have and the have-nots”. The segregation of communities, based on color and/or economic status, by imaginary and real gates, now fashionably referred to as “gated communities”, to keep out those who don’t belong. The lack of affordable basic health care for the poor. The shrinking resources allocated to education, so that more and more, it’s only the rich who can afford to educate their children. The function of law enforcement, including the armed forces (sometimes referred to as a sort of “national guard”), as well as the judicial system, whose primary objective is not to serve and protect their citizens, but to maintain the status quo by terrorizing, oppressing, incarcerating and indiscriminately killing the poor. Enormous national debt which has no negative impact on the rich… in fact the worse it is, the more money they seem to make. The corruption of government officials, especially those in the highest seats of power, who willingly sell their souls to corporate interests to achieve their personal ambitions, while manipulating the emotions and hopes of the masses with empty promises and slogans such as: “Change You Can Believe In” and “Yes We Can!”.
All that being said, if I couldn’t live in Canada anymore and was forced to move to one of these “third world” countries, America would be one of my choices… certainly in my top five.
Anna Renee said:
I’d welcome you to Oakland, California, the epicenter of love!!
Been to the Mecca in Dec 2001, The Oakland Coliseum, to watch my beloved Raiders play K.C. Chiefs. We hung out at “The Black Hole” outside the stadium and experienced the fights in the stands before the game even started. I saw Tim Brown run back a punt for a TD and Jerry Rice (not a true Raider in my opinion) play. The people were so cool and couldn’t believe that there were Raider fans in Canada… who were as diehard as they were to make a trip just to see them play! It was magical!
We stayed in San Fran but also spent an afternoon visitng a Black bookstore in Oakland. I bought “Negroes with Guns” by Robert Franklin Williams there. Believe it or not, I couldn’t find it here in Canada [;o)
Someday (soon) I want to visit again with my wife and son to watch the Raiders again. I was hoping to wait until they started winning again, but I think I’ll have alzheimers by then and won’t know why I’m there! lol! So we may visit next year!
Just Win Baby!
LOL…Truth is Asa, we Raider fans are so hard on the team. But, non Raider fans better shut up!!!
I love the post. Very true. U.S. a “third world” country behind the veil of wealth, is what I got from this. As a California native now living in the ATL I would say you messed up by not coming into the A! Come here next time, especially during winter so you can thaw out a bit and enjoy another view of a U.S. city you can get no where else in this country, period.
I will be coming to Canada soon. I have friends in Toronto and will be making a visit.
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When we were in Miami, my wife’s brother had just returned from the ATL. He had went there to find work as things are pretty harsh in Florida on the employment front. After 6 weeks he had to return because he couldn’t get a job in or around the ATL. He had no family/friends there so when the money ran out, he ran home. He liked the city but he obviously found it very difficult to make it there.
That being said, I have always wanted to visit ATL and hope to make it there someday. Maybe I’ll make it for a Raiders vs. Falcons game! lol! You’re so on point when you state that non Raider fans better not say anything negative about the team that I can hear! I’d quicker fight someone who puts them down than my wife… which is understandable since I’ve loved them longer than I’ve known wifey! [;o)
Let me know when you are planning to come to T.O. My fam is there so I’m there all the time. Ottawa is about 4hrs away. Maybe I’ll be there when you’re visiting and we can hook up. That’s if they let you enter at the border (I read the brohammas post). lol!
Asa, Jobs have fallen apart here. The official job loss statement for June was over 12,000. but I am sure its higher as these were mostly people that applied for unemployment insurance. There had to have been people that lost their jobs that were not elligible to apply. Sad to hear about your in-law. Too bad he is not in law enforcement as the city of Atlanta is advertising everywhere for police officers. This experience alone affirms your post.
When I put the trip in motion I will email you and let you know when I will be in T-Dot.