American hedonism closes its eyes to death, and has been
incapable of exorcising the destructive power of the moment
with a wisdom like that of the Epicureans of antiquity.

- Octavio Paz
Death is un-American, and an affront to every citizen's inalienable
right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

- Arnold Toynbee
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"As long as such self-serving hypocrisy
motivates America's response, Ukraine will
only sink further into needless bloodshed,
and that blood will be on America's head."
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In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors,
since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors,
for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal
applies only upwards, not downwards.

― Bertrand Russell
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"What those 'racists' are reflexively and rightly reacting
to is the soulless chill as the fire goes out beneath the
melting pot. Those who think America can thrive as a
'cultural mosaic' are worse than fools; they're Canadians."

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Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe.
It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster,
in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe
have grown to appalling dimensions.

― Frantz Fanon
What the United States does best is understand itself.
What it does worst is understand others.

- Carlos Fuentes
Poor Mexico, so far from God
and so close to the United States.

- Porfirio Diaz
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"Indeed, everything about the American southland was magical
and exotic to the young Canadian musicians, from the sights
and smells to the drawling manner of speech to, especially, the
central role that music played in people’s everyday lives."

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America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
- Sigmund Freud
America is an adorable woman chewing tobacco.
- Auguste Bartholdi
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"This is the tone of the China Century, a subtle
mix of Nazi/Soviet bravado and 'oriental'
cunning -- easily misunderstood, and
never
heard before, in a real enemy, by the West."

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"And for the others who argued for English-only
patriotism, I note that there are more than
57 million Americans (about 20% of the nation)
whose first-language is not English...."

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"This is the behavior, and the fate, of paranoid
old-world tyrants like Hitler or Saddam, not liberal new-world democracies like America pretends to be."

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America is the only nation in history which
miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to
degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

- Georges Clemenceau
I found there a country with thirty-two religions and only one sauce.
- Charles–Maurice Talleyrand
A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle,
and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.

- Edmund Burke
America is the only country ever founded on the printed word.
- Marshall McLuhan
"The removal of racist sports nicknames (and mascots) seems outrageously belated
-- why, exactly, has this civil rights cause
taken so long to gain momentum?"

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The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the
United States reactionaries use to scare people.
It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't.

- Mao Tse-tung
They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but
they kept only one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

- Red Cloud
In America sex is an obsession,
in other parts of the world it is a fact.

- Marlene Dietrich
I would rather have a nod from an American,
than a snuff-box from an emperor.

- Lord Byron
One day the United States discovered it was an empire.
But it didn’t know what an empire was.
It thought that an empire was merely the biggest of all corporations.

- Roberto Calasso
Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather
be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

- Alexis de Tocqueville
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"No one, I thought, could watch those scenes, of young children slaughtered en masse, and so many parents grieving, without thinking that this, finally, would tip some kind of balance in the country."
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If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams
then you must still regard America today with the same naive
enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.

- Jean Baudrillard
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
- Samuel Johnson
America, thou half brother of the world;
With something good and bad of every land.

- Philip Bailey
"What can be more powerful than disinformation in the Information Age?"
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England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
- Sir Walter Besant
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by
posterity because he was the last to discover America.

- James Joyce
Now, from America, empty indifferent things
are pouring across, sham things, dummy life.

- Rainer Maria Rilke
If the United States is to recover fortitude and lucidity,
it must recover itself, and to recover itself it must
recover the "others"- the outcasts of the Western world.
- Octavio Paz
The youth of America is their oldest tradition.
It has been going on now for three hundred years.

- Oscar Wilde
"America really is, for most Americans, all things considered, a good place to be, and all they really want is for everyone to enjoy the same privilege and pleasure."
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When good Americans die they go to Paris;
when bad Americans die they go to America.

- Oscar Wilde
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America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that
lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself.

- Georg Friedrich Hegel
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room.
Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.

- Arnold Toynbee
Americans always try to do the right thing after they've tried everything else.
- Winston Churchill
The thing that impresses me most about Americans
is the way parents obey their children.

- Edward, Duke of Windsor
Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering
what average opinion believes average opinion to be.

- John Maynard Keynes
Europe was created by history.
America was created by philosophy.

- Margaret Thatcher
America is God's crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of
Europe are melting and reforming!... The real American has not yet arrived.
He is only in the crucible, I tell you - he will be the fusion of all races.

- Israel Zangwill
American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those
who have seen America only in their dreams.

- Pico Iyer
America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.
- Ringo Starr
The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer.
It has never yet melted.

― D.H. Lawrence
I have two conflicting visions of America.
One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.

― Bono
The American mirror, said the voice, the sad American mirror
of wealth and poverty and constant useless metamorphosis,
the mirror that sails and whose sails are pain.

― Roberto Bolaño

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Freya
Novice Their American
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Obama and Trudeau: My Dream Team
on: March 10, 2016, 20:06

Let me just say...

I was absolutely mesmerized, and profoundly inspired by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit with President Barack Obama today at the White House! Both of these leaders are individually inspiring, with their eloquent words of change and hope, yet together I found it to be magical. I was also not the only one who felt this way, there was a palpable chemistry between the two, of a deep friendship.

When Obama first became President, I felt that the "American dream" was finding it's wings again, and Obama did not disappoint me. Now with Trudeau as my Prime Minister, I think I am now understanding for the first time what the "Canadian dream" is! America has always been a big brother to Canada, and today with seeing Obama and Trudeau together, that feeling was personified. I am so happy that Obama has taken Trudeau under his wing, knowing that Trudeau will be a wonderful leader like he was/is. Obama can impart his many years of skill and experience on his brother of the North, and solidify the relationship between the U.S. and Canada.

My only wish is that Obama could continue to be America's President for at least another four years! I am now a proud Canadian because of Justin Trudeau! I hope that Americans will hold onto the magic of today, and use it to defeat the Warlock/Troll that is threatening your "American dream"!



nicoleland-
ry
Novice Their American
Posts: 6
Re: Obama and Trudeau: My Dream Team
on: March 18, 2016, 00:02

I completely agree. There was something about the event that elicited a feeling of comfort for me - which I think you have nailed, Freya when you say that there is a brotherhood between the two nations and their leaders; the whole thing felt very familial and genuine. It was about continuing to forage and strengthen the relationship between the two nations on a personal level. (As well, there is certainly something nostalgic about having another Trudeau as Prime Minister.)
My hope is that, like Canada’s choice to support a leader who holds values similar to a previous PM who lead Canada spectacularly, America will recognize what incredible work Obama has done and make the choice to elect someone who can lead and support them in the same way, instead of becoming a regressive power.
It is truly incredible how far America has come in the last century in terms of it’s battle with overcoming racism, so wouldn’t it be a shame (and a feat of absolute irony) to succeed America’s first black president with one who perpetuates racism and bigotry? Hopefully they can see something in Obama worth maintaining and elect someone worth continuing our Canadian/American bromance with!



Brayaden-
Fantin
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Posts: 8
Re: Obama and Trudeau: My Dream Team
on: April 8, 2016, 20:25

Obama and Trudeau: they're everyone's favourite OTP; they're an unstoppable duo, they're Trubama (as the kids call it), and it seems as though both America and Canada cannot get enough of them. I, too, was taken aback upon watching and reading about Justin Trudeau's trip to American a couple of weeks ago. As Nicole put it well, the meet up between the two men, as well as the meet up between the two women, Michele and Sophie, felt utterly familial. Much like my fellow posters put it, I hope that this friendship and business partnership flourishes into something valuable and beautiful that will aid in the struggle to define greatness and pride for both countries again.
Additionally, I hope the Trudeau's liberal presence will have even a small influence on the people of America, especially with the upcoming election.

I also particularly enjoyed watching this video,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWI5-vWqcGc wherein a Vox journalist asks Trudeau if the 28% of Americans who claim they would move to Canada should Trump be elected as president, will actually do it. In this interview, Trudeau mentions that this isn't the first time Americans have threatened to move to Canada. He notes that this same trend happened with Bush's elections, and will most likely happen in the future. The difference between these two eras, though, is the influence of the internet. It seems as though various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Buzzfeed, Vice, YouTube (most notably John Oliver's Last Week Tonight and Samantha Bee's Full Frontal channels) have changed politics forever, both in good and bad ways. Americans and Canadians alike are willingly receiving their news from these sources and formulating their political views as a result. Trudeau and Obama are very much aware of this and have been playing their campaigns around this idea, and quite well I might add. In an ideal world, I believe that Obama has had a significant amount of influence on Trudeau regarding modern campaigning and adhering to the young voters through the wonderful power of the internet. My wish is that Trudeau continues to apply these contemporary notions to his campaign for as long as he is prime minister.

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