I disagree with many us policies however as far as im concerned those that left to avoid the draft are certainly not americans. Good riddance to them.Originally Posted by ElPietroLol, some people here are making some relatively dumb canada comments. First how are we living off US military spending? If anything at all, the US's military actions cost us much more than we'd spend. But since we have traditionally helped in some way in most US initiatives, it gets us involved more than we probably would otherwise. We have a very active role in peace-keeping initiatives. Don't require like half our GDP on defense and military because we don't go out and make enemies, that would require us to fear attack. Most of our defense spending is probably done as a result of the US being a target in some way to other factions, and since we are neighbours we share a common border, via which these factions can gain admittance to the US.
As for guns and whether we care or not, this is also a huge gap in perception. Here in canada, most people own guns for hunting. It doesn't even cross the mind of most to have one for self-defense. That alone probably speaks volumes on quality of life, and how we feel much more secure than others that must go out and purchase and carry firearms. Perhaps I just didn't watch as many cowboy and indian movies as some of you guys down there when I was younger, I've met plenty of guys that simply want to own a gun because to them it's "cool." To me, a gun is no big deal, it's for self-defense, or target shooting if you like that as a sport. But to think you are cool now because you own a tool that is designed to kill is probably one of the most juvenile, "small-dick" syndrome things I could think of. The constitution gives you that right, so that's fine, just don't say one country is better because they can carry concealed weapons.
I can't ever remember any report put out that showed the US to have a higher standard of living than canada. Ever. Of course, I could be wrong, but never heard of it before.
Sure we pay higher taxes, and you know what, I don't like it. If I could change that I would. But if my biggest concern is taxation, I'll certainly take that, over having to worry about being shot, having a plane fly into my office building, losing relatives or friends in wars I may or may not believe in, having my government control my life in some way based on his religious beliefs, or being sued for serving coffee that was too hot.
Blind Patriotism < rational thought. Be proud of your country, but don't do it at the expense of others. How many americans are settled in canada now because they had to dodge the draft?