I’ve been watching along a bit as my wife has watched the Downton Abbey reruns on PBS. I was disappointed to see that the writer couldn’t keep a civil tongue about America, just like the writer of Anne of Green Gables a few years earlier. The former was set in England, the latter in Canada.
In the old days, I suppose the Brits had a burr up their backside that The U.S. was the first nation to be successful in casting off the yoke of British oppression. That was no doubt part of the reason for the apparent hatred so many had for America.
Let’s face it; all empires are set up to steal everything of value from the countries they put under subjection. Since the British Empire was the largest in history, it was automatically the greatest thief. Just look at India, once the richest nation on earth. Britain stole everything it had until it became the poorest nation on earth. Since the U.S. ultimately spread to the far coast, can you imagine the riches that Britain missed out on by losing first our war for independence, and then the War of 1812? Some of them apparently never forgave us for winning those two wars.
Today, there is a second embarrassment. It would have been ALMOST impossible for them to have won WWI without our help, but they MIGHT have survived. Had we not helped them in WWII, though, they would now be speaking German, plain and simple. To be crass, that means America kicked their butts twice and saved their butts twice. I guess that’s enough to give some of their folks a bad case of insecurity. (I guess it would be mean to point out that Germans are still on the throne there.)
As for any bad blood any Canadian may have for America, I guess it can either be written off to ignorance, or else the arrogance absorbed by too long of an association with England. In fact, some of their money still sports the likeness of the queen. There’s nothing specifically wrong with that, but it DOES prove my point.
As for my readers who live in Canada or the U.K., rest assured that I have absolutely nothing against the good and decent people of either nation. We are far more similar than we are different. However, if this shoe fits anyone reading this, please feel free to wear it! © 2016