Having seen MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Late Night With Stephen Colbert this week, your agent was taken aback by his ethnocentric view of the United States.
So, because I was away from Bulldog World Headquarters, your agent typed this missive on his smart phone. Man, are my fingers tired.
The episode to which I refer is at the bottom of the post:
Senior Manager, Media Relations, Hardball
I understand you handle public relations for the show Hardball.
That must be a big job because I’m sure host Chris Matthews draws lots of flak.
We discovered from Matthews on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show this week that your Hardball host believes the U.S. is the greatest country in the world. Matthews said everyone in the world knows that.
Usually I agree with Matthews but on this he is wrong. The greatest country in the world doesn’t threaten 125,000 jobs in my country for no reason or impose tariffs unprovoked on steel and aluminum.
The greatest country in the world doesn’t say there is a “special place in hell” for my leader who was only responding as he should to bullying tactics from the so-called greatest country in the world and the wrongly named “leader of the free world”. He’s not a backstabber. He told the world how he felt. He told U.S. President Donald Trump how he felt.
If Donald Trump is so tough, why doesn’t he tie on the gloves and go a few rounds with Justin Trudeau. The prime minister is quite an accomplished boxer. I think we know how that tilt would work out. Trudeau weak? I don’t think so.
Canada sent troops to Afghanistan to fight your war with terrorists who slammed planes into the World Trade Centre. We did it because you are, or were, our friends and allies. About 100,000 Canadians gathered in my city to show solidarity with our allies to the south after the attack.
Canadian troops held the most dangerous place in Afghanistan that being Kandahar. A lot of Canadian boys came home in boxes with red and white flags on them fighting for our friends in a difficult time.
Now our cars and steel are seen as security threats by the United States. It will be a long time before Canada helps the U.S. in a similar situation. The biggest security threat to Canada at present comes from the U.S. We have much better allies in Europe and Japan.
Matthews said all Americans need to be is Americans to solve your international woes. That’s not good enough. Nowhere near good enough. Americans are acting like Americans now. Ugly Americans. Why China and Russia don’t threaten 125,000 Canadian jobs. Those are real jobs that support real families. That’s a pretty ugly American decision.
Maybe China would like our oil and natural gas more than the U.S. I understand it gets cold in the western U.S. in winter.
Canadians would never say what actor Robert De Niro said about Trump at the Tony Awards. That’s because at present Canadians are much better people than Americans.
But you know what we are thinking when we hear De Niro’s words.
So is the U.S. the greatest country in the world? No, there are many other countries greater than the U.S. if you look beyond the narrow standards of the U.S. In many other nations, parents don’t allow their children to be shot in schools and do nothing about it. In many other countries, their leaders don’t openly promote racism or call G7 communiques “socialist”. The G7 has seven countries. Six of them are better than the United States.
Matthews thought the whole Canadian situation was funny. Tell that to unemployed auto workers or the friends and relatives of dead Canadian soldiers who fought side-by-side with Americans in Afghanistan. That wasn’t our war. It was yours. We helped you because you were a good neighbour.
So Matthews should modernize his ethnocentric views. Those opinions are the seed that has grown into the bullying Trump administration. Give your head a shake.
I defended the U.S. for years in the face of some of my peers who didn’t share that view.
I don’t now.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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