The United States of America has been anything but united for the past fifteen years. But, there have been pockets of change amidst this pandemic that fill this narrator with hope.
I live in Toronto. For those out of the loop, Canada has dropped the ball with its handling of the coronavirus.
Being a hockey nut, I devour playoff hockey; if you have never taken in a postseason game, do so – trust me, you won’t regret it.
Four Canadian teams made the playoffs; I won’t bother listing them. They battle one another, and during games held in various Canadian cities, there are no fans in the arenas. Zero.
Conversely, when I flip channels to various American teams going at one another in a quest to raise the most coveted trophy in sport, the arenas are packed. To the brim. Like sardines.
Frenzied fanatics cheering, reminding me of simpler times when words like virus, lockdown, variant, quarantine, weren’t part of the daily vernacular.
Why the disparity between two neighbors, the U.S. and Canada?
The 2nd Amendment.
Seeing one country rally and push past an alleged pandemic while another sharing a border finds itself in perpetual lockdown visually resonates.
Cite the Government and its ability to distribute vaccines as the main reason for the difference.
If that’s not a compelling argument, base your contention on capital; the United States has an infinite amount of resources at its disposal compared to Canada. Fair.
As mentioned in a previous post, Canadians are forbidden from owning firearms [there are a few exceptions]. The average Canadian has no course of action to oppose big Government should individual freedoms be threatened as they have the past year and a half.
In America things are different. The 2nd Amendment protects Americans from the government overstepping boundaries and threatening civil liberties.
Try enforcing a curfew in Texas or Florida like they did in Quebec. Not likely.
The checks and balances embedded in The Constitution are what keeps America great. Does the nation have shortcomings?
Is there a growing divide among its citizens? Absolutely.
Do those in power have carte blanche when it comes to how they behave?
When free, sovereign citizens own guns, those in power think twice before they act.
As long as gun owners exist and believe in America, the U.S. will continue to be a beacon of hope.
Time to hop on Expedia and book my flight South of the border. Things up North have reached a tipping point.
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