I am 66-Years Old, and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t cross the Canada/US Border with my family, with friends and then with Anne; to either shop, dine or vacation in the USA, because we always lived within an hour or so by car of a US Border Town. And when growing-up, that border Town was Plattsburg NY.
And as a young man, like so many other young Canadians, I was very conflicted about the United States of America, because our LEFTIST Teachers from Public School-on taught us that the USA had no real culture, while we Canadians, on the other hand, were STEEPED in a deep and rich British and French History.
IT NEVER DAWNED ON ME THEN . . . and probably not upon many others as well, that this was simply anti-American Propaganda, to make us feel better about a country that after being STELLAR during WWII, was now heading head-strong towards SOCIALISM, in order to distance ourselves from the USA, so we could mirror ourselves closer to Europe.
AND AS A RESULT . . . Canadian children grew up to feel a certain FALSE and undeserved SMUGNESS in our being Canadian, as if we were so much superior to the people of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Even during the era of the Vietnam War, Draft Dodgers were welcomed into Canada with opened arms, as Canadian children would chant things like . . .
And young Canadians . . . just like young Americans, did the perfunctory Peter, Paul and Mary Stuff, singing the great Peace Songs written and produced by REALLY BIG GROUPS like the Beatles, who were making GAZILLIONS of dollars performing songs like Give A Peace A Chance, which were heard non stop over Radio and Television Stations worldwide.
This generation . . . my generation of the 50’s and 60’s, couldn’t have been any dumber if we tried. We allowed the generation of our elders, teachers and politicians to make fortunes off of us on the Vietnam War, through songs and Propaganda Movies that featured American Soldiers as war Criminals.
We were only too thrilled to be ACTIVISTS & REBELS fighting against the MAN, especially because the man was UNCLE SAM, but it didn’t make a difference, since PROTESTING was the American Thing To Do and LEFTIST Thing To Do WORLDWIDE, even though we in Canada had nothing to protest against . . . but like the DUMMIES we were (me too), we joined the mob.
This is not to say that there weren’t grave injustices on both sides, but it was the Anti-American Side that took all the Incoming.
LIBERAL Canadian Prime Ministers, SPECIFICALLY Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau of the late 1960’s – through to the mid 1980’s, father of Canada’s current Prime Minister, did all he could to separate Canadian Values (Socialist) from American Values (Conservative), which they had done with great success.
That Canada is America’s single largest Trading Partner, buying more American Products than any country on the Planet, including China, Mexico and all of Europe (EU Combined) . . . AT $312.4 BILLION PER YEAR.
To read the who’s who . . . of who’s buying American – CLICK HERE and be prepared to be surprised.
Anne and I have no problem being Canadian, but we would rather live the American Conservative Dream, with all the benefits and challenges.
WE KNOW FOR A FACT . . . that there is no shortage of Americans who envy Canada’s Socialist Society, where the government cares for you from cradle to grave.
Somewhere, someone down the line, on the Canadian Side, made a dirty deal between the US and Canadian Governments, to make it EXTREMELY DIFFICULT for Canadians to obtain GREEN CARDS.
The reason for this, is in my opinion the same as why it is REALLY DIFFICULT for Israelis to get Green Cards as well, which is . . . if it became reasonable to obtain a Green Card, for an Israeli or Canadian, a big portion of Canada and Israel would IMMIGRATE to the USA, which I KNOW is the case, and is the reason for the unfair deal, because the State Department said so.
America and Canada are both desperate for Immigration, and are settling for people of radically different cultures, languages and not necessarily valuable skills.
BUT HERE WE ARE IN CANADA . . . 35-MILLION people, of which, we are not that different than our American relatives, with the exception of perhaps 5-Million from Quebec who can’t speak English.
Our Canadian laws are virtually identical to American laws. We eat the same food. We shop the same retailers. We listen to the same music. We share in the same fashions. We vacation in each other’s countries. We learn the same basic “stuff” in school. We watch the same sports and cheer for the same or rival teams. We run our businesses the same in Canada as businesses are run in the USA. We invest in the same unreliable Stock Markets. We drive the same cars. We Canadians watch 99% of American Television Broadcasts, and flood to movie theaters to watch all the greatest US made movies.
IN ADDITION . . . Millions of Canadians own homes, or rent homes throughout the USA, most predominantly in Florida and California . . . but in no shortage in other States as well, such as Anne and Myself in Texas.
But the restrictions on Canadians who wish to live in the USA are nothing short of Draconian, since by IRS Standards, we Canadians CANNOT be in the USA, including Day Trips, for more than 6-Months TOTAL, less a day per CALENDAR YEAR.
AND FOR HOMELAND SECURITY . . . It’s 6-Months less a day on a RUNNING YEAR; in other words, from the time we enter the USA, how many days have we been on US Soil, including Day Trips over the last consecutive 365-Days? And if we were to have been in the USA for MORE than 6-Months less a day, we would be in violation of the law, and can be denied reentry into the USA for a very long time.
I WANT TO CHANGE THIS . . . IT’S SELFISH OF ME – but I want Canadian and American CITIZENS, who have been properly vetted by each country’s Border, Customs and Immigration Agents to have the ability to live in each other’s country as landed Immigrants, without Supplemented Social Services and no right to Vote in any Federal Elections.
Anne and I jumped through Security Hoops to get our Nexus Cards, which we would LOVE to use to their fullest potential.
AS A CANADIAN . . . I would want to be able to stay in the USA for as long as I want, where I can choose to retire, work, create jobs and pay Taxes.
AS A CANADIAN LIVING AMERICA . . . I would be more than willing to:
1 – Abide by all American laws, rules, regulations and tenets of the US Constitution.
2 – Make no demands on the American Social Network.
3 – Support all my own Health Benefits.
4 – Not vote in any Federal Elections.
5 – Not have any unreasonable expectations for Citizenship.
Please tell me where the downside is for the USA to welcome Canadians like Anne and Myself to FULL-TIME Residency in the USA?
. . . Opposed to people who do not share the English Language, do not share Judeo/Christian Values, know nothing . . . to little about the American Constitution and Civil Rights and Liberties, ask for Welfare and as many handouts as possible, are impelled to cheat at US Elections, could and often carry Illnesses on arrival, participate in Crimes including theft, drugs, assaults and Rape . . . ETCETERA?
But I do see a world of benefits Canadians like Anne and myself, who will bring wealth, talent, jobs and CULTURAL STABILITY to the United States of America.
I can see where the problem would exist for CANADA . . . where a great many Canadians like Anne and Myself would welcome the opportunity to live in a Nation that PRIDES itself MORE on Individual Freedoms – rather than Collective Rights.
AND FOR LEFTIST AMERICANS . . . who want to live in a Democratic Socialist Society, akin to where the USA is currently heading under Democrats and RINOS, where the government endeavors to impose CRADLE TO GRAVE Social Services, NOTHING COULD BE BETTER.
So . . . over this coming summer (2016), I will turn a great deal of my efforts and energy to convincing people in both of our countries that can enjoy MASSIVE MUTUAL BENEFITS at ZERO COSTS, and virtually no interruptions to what is already a mostly normal cross border process by making this simple policy a reality.
BY THE WAY . . . For the Rich, Powerful, Privileged and Well Connected, this system is already up, running and enjoyed between Canadian and American Citizens. So why not for the rest of us?
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov