We might not agree with them all the time, and maybe even poke fun at them a little, but America really couldn’t ask for a better neighbor than Canada (not meant as an overt slight with Mexico, but I will explain why they could be a better neighbor in a later post). Seriously, they see what we are going through in an election cycle that is at best taxing our patience and, at worst, has us collectively reaching for the Xanax and Zoloft. The despair is so palpable that they started #TellAmericaItsGreat on Twitter to remind us.
Social Media Therapy
To help us through this, a social media campaign was started where average Canadians tell us what they like about America. Here are some of my favorites:
There are countless more tweets using the hashtag, and the video can be found here.
So here’s the question: Why do we need to be reminded of this? Has this election cycle beaten our psyches to the point where other nations are that worried about our mental well being? Or has the constant stream of negative stories from this election along with shootings, cop killings, Kaepernick protests, economic woes, and international struggles stripped away our national confidence?
We strive to be better tomorrow than we are today.
Certainly we have issues that need to be dealt with. We always have (slavery, gender inequality, and countless more) and we always will. As Americans, we will deal with them as we always have. What’s the one thing that makes this country great? We strive to be better tomorrow than we are today. African-Americans used to be property. Now we have one leading our country. Women after WWII were forced from factories as men returned to work. Now some of them have shattered the glass ceiling are Fortune 500 CEOs.
Are we perfect? Hell no. Do we have much more to do? Of course, and that will NEVER change. Maybe that is the real lesson here. Making America great again is not undoing the progress we’ve already made. It’s reminding ourselves that when we come together to tackle a problem, there’s nothing we cannot achieve. We may never universally agree on anything, but isn’t that the ultimate testament to liberty and freedom?
Getting our Mojo Back
As Canada has reminded us, we have accomplished a lot in the short 240 years of our existence. We have been blessed by geography, and our immigrant past has brought the strengths of every culture on Earth to our land. We’re unique in so many ways, and instead of apologizing for it, we should be embracing it. America has been divided for too long. It’s time to remove that wedge driven between us and come to the most important of revelations: We are Americans and we are in this together.
Thank you to our friends in Canada for helping us through this. Thank you for reminding us what we never should have forgotten in the first place. We’ll take it from here, because it’s time we remember for ourselves.
Am I right or am I missing something? Make a comment below and let me know!
Mikael Carlson is the award-winning political fiction author of The iCandidate and the Michael Bennit Series of political dramas. He has also written the thriller The Eyes of Others. His current series, The Black Swan Saga, are epic dystopian political thrillers that showcase a world of corporate governance dominated by elitists. The first two novels, America, Inc. and America, Inc.: Bounded Rationality are available now. He lives in Danbury, CT.