Originally Posted by theimp98
then please leave the country now. pack the bags, and cats, and jump on the first plane out.
i did not like bill clintion at all( lol not that i like bush that much) but if you are going to say junk like that, please give up your american citizenship
I just don't understand this mentality at all. It's like when one of the Dixie Chicks said she was ashamed Bush came from Texas and people started telling them to move to France if they didn't like their country. They're not saying they don't like their country,
they're saying they don't like their country's leader.
And the benefit of living in a free country, with freedom of speech, is that you can
say something like that without ending up in prison for the rest of your natural life (or having your life cut short rather abruptly).
I don't like my prime minister. Truth be told, Stephen Harper scares the heck out of me. He's an automaton, his soulless "smiles" (more like a grimace than smile) creep me out, I don't agree with his policies, I don't agree with his plans, and I'm upset with the fact that his party has broken their election promises. He's not my
prime minister insofar as I
didn't vote for him and he doesn't represent me or my interests. Should I pack my bags and leave Canada? What the heck does that
accomplish? No, what I'll do is vote against him -- again -- and hope that the next prime minister is a person who does
represent me. Sure, my favourite candidate might not win in the next election, but that doesn't mean I'm about to give up, and by casting my ballot I have every right to criticize those in office. My ballot is my voice.
You can disagree with your country's leaders and still be patriotic. I love Canada. I can't imagine living anywhere else in the world and loving it as much as I do. I love being a Canadian and being welcome almost anywhere on the planet. I love how we Canadians can laugh at ourselves, more so I think than any other country on the planet -- we find ourselves humourous, and I think that's a good thing, to not take yourself too seriously. I love what I believe my country stands for. Just because I don't like Stephen Harper or his government doesn't mean I'm a bad Canadian or that I should be forced to leave because of my beliefs. I'm a free citizen, just as Americans who dislike Bush are free citizens, free to speak their mind and free to vote as their conscience dictates. They shouldn't be told their opinions are wrong or that they're traitors to their country just because they're opposed to the people in charge. How is that
living in a free country? You can speak your mind ... but only if you're of the same opinion as everybody else. That's not freedom, that's BS.