Thanks for coming back into the fray. This is an example of what I'm trying to illuminate; by coming back, over and over and over opposers make themselves available for finding common ground; and thus avoiding physical war.
First, I want to make it clear that I am not a statist; what my government does; is not necessarily with my permission. I am against that money pit called OHIP. What used to be dealt with at home, now requires a specialist, medical practitioner, etc, etc. etc.
If Americans paid as much attention to Canada; as Canadians pay attention to Americans, it would be more widely known that there is virtually no "Canadian Identity". We are a multicultural country, founded on two solitudes; and unlike the US; we don't know yet, what we're going to be when we grow up. We're open to suggestions; and we take the good and adopt it to our existing way of life. As a Canadian, that's who I am. Ask another Canadian; and you'll get a completely different answer; and it's all right with both of us. Homogenization is not our goal; the elusive peace and good government, is.
As to my prosyletizing, if I believe that I've found something wonderful; something that would bring a higher sense of life and more peace of mind to talented, privileged, retired individuals; why should I keep it to myself; and deprive them of my "wisdom"? Wallowing in ignorance is always an option; but not nearly as much fun. One of the purposes of an artist is to afflict the comfortable. You had the choice to ignore me; but something is nagging at you to "set me right"; or to hear the words that will let the penny drop for you.
When Born Again Christian Fundamentalist George Bush sends his young to Iraq for questionable reasons; using ineffective means that has degenerated into what has become the equivalent of swatting house flies and getting bitten by deer flies, and of course, with poor results; he needs to be called to task for committing a moral bankruptcy. All means of communication were not exhausted. Has that Born Again Christian Fundamentalist George Bush had any fierce dialogue with any Middle Eastern Leaders? He hasn't had a fierce conversation with any prime minister of Canada; it's beneath him to talk with such nobodies. He converses with sycophants. He'd rather do his talking on the battlefield using other people's children as cannon fodder. Has America's government become so powerful that decent people are afraid to stand up and call him to task? If there are traitors to American ideals; Born again Christian Fundamentalist George Bush leads the list. I'm not shouting at you Mike; I'm shouting at him. Do you think that hackers corrupted the voting machines?
With this jaded view of North American life; I have discovered a way to rise above all that; by going to South Africa and finding volunteers who are willing to line up to get a share my talents. It's great fun; and self-perpetuating.