I’ve usually been appalled by the violence and ignorance of Canadian anti-Americanism: Canada is not all that much better, despite any fairy tales told you by Michael Moore – and the smug, thoughtless, ideological blaming of everything on the behemoth to the South is inexcusable. Or so I thought.
But this last semester, with Eila in a California Kindergarten, I’ve been watching the way American children are educated. Even in elementary school, they talk a lot about their war of independence, and kids can’t help but pick up a few basic principles. Like: Britain is not a democracy. And: monarchy is incompatible with democracy. And even: the British are our enemies.
I see the residue of these principles even in my adult American friends. And suddenly I’m not feeling so bad about our knee-jerk anti-Americanism.