Monday, March 08, 2010

USA Go Home!

Did that get your attention? This really pisses me off. I get that the US is a paranoid nation, and that their politics thrives on this Straussian fear factor. But as a Canadian I want no part of it. Consistently the US embassies around the world are the most fortified. But this is Canada people. What are they afraid of? I'm not about to waste my maple syrup lobbing it at your windows. Heck if we so much as glanced the wrong way at your ugly building you can bet we'd profusely apologize - we are Canadians. I digress. I get that in the post-9/11 fear exploitation you decided to enlarge your boundaries. (Would it have hurt to have asked?) But now you not only expect to keep the lanes you have appropriated - you want us to pick up the lions share of the tab to make it look a bit less shitty? Come on. If you don't feel safe here then build something somewhere we don't have to look at it, build huge prison walls with guards for all I care. Uh but do it with your own money. Seriously. If that doesn't suit you - go home. It is not like you are very far away anyway.

3 comments:

Pstyle said...

they're doing it here in London too.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article4870269.ece

steven hamilton said...

actually, i was thinking it might be safer to move to Canada...or at least easier!

as the song goes: paranoia will destroy ya...this fear-factor is really important, because as an american, i see it pervade alost everyone i know, the church included. the question i keep asking myself is how do i practice a kind of holistic love that casts out fear...what are the practical expression and prophetic provocations that i can bring to bear that might wake people from their fear-induced stupor...?

i do admit to the old adage that our Canadian cousins are our sharpest critics and best friends, mostly because they have to live next door to us...

One of Freedom said...

One of my concerns about posting this was that I might offend some of my American readers. I think something needs to be said. There is a false notion of Christianity that says we must preserve the status-quo as if that were the peace of society. The moment that becomes equated with peace we are heading towards injustice.

I struggle with your question too. It is too easy to get caught up in the fear. My favourite expression about this is: There are no emergencies in the Kingdom of God. Often if we step back, think it through a lot of the fear simply loses its hold. If we can then take up love (as our hermeneutic perhaps) I think we should be able to craft responses that "cast out fear" as you put it Steven. I am learning more and more that love is active and vocal.