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  •  But if they are getting wealthier than (4+ / 0-)

    we are, and don't have any defensive abilities, eventually it will become a popular notion in the US to attack and incorporate Canada. We'd pick up vast oil reserves and other great industries, plus an educated workforce and access to the Arctic.

    •  I think the world, and in particular... (4+ / 0-)
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      the rest of the Commonwealth countries might have something to say about that idea...

      " have to be happy with what you have to be happy with..."

      by soundchaser on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 11:48:14 PM PDT

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      •  They will be mired in their own wars (1+ / 0-)
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        When the global crops fail due to climate change,the Four Horsemen shall ride ... everywhere.

      •  Come on, we can kick all of their (2+ / 0-)
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        asses. I think that a peaceful annexation of Canada would be not nearly as bad a use of our military threat than the Iraq war was. Their NBA and MLB teams are already mostly American, it really wouldn't be a painful takeover. And we progressives would pick up a terrific single-payer health system.

        •  Will never happen (1+ / 0-)
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          To begin with, many Canadian conservatives are to the left of the Democratic Party in the US. No Republican would ever be elected president again.

          Come to think of it, maybe we should throw ourselves into your arms as a public service for world peace.....

          "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

          by sagesource on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 09:33:29 AM PDT

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    •  We tried that in 1812 (3+ / 0-)
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      I am sure so many Canadians mourn in their heart that we did not succeed and make Canada part of the U.S

      An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

      by MichiganChet on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 05:32:28 AM PDT

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      •  You Merkins try it again and this time we (5+ / 0-)

        will burn down more than just your White House. Don't forget we have thousands of sleeper cells in Florida and Arizona.

      •  Are you dreaming (2+ / 0-)
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        This is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and Canadians are celebrating the fact that we repelled the invader

      •  I thank God every day that my great-grandparents (3+ / 0-)
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        from KS picked up at age 44, after homesteading from IL in their 20's, to do the whole pioneer thing over again in Alberta (again by covered wagon, took them two summers, wintering in a sod hut halfway along). Not many thinking Canadians today would want to be part of the USA.

        "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage

        by ontario on Sat Jul 21, 2012 at 03:30:11 PM PDT

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        •  You are no doubt aware (0+ / 0-)

          That Canada was something of a refuge for disaffected loyalists and tories who not surprisingly didn't feel quite at home in the colonies anymore during and after the American revolution.
             In fact, America was quite surprised that the Quebec inhabitants didn't help us in that war. Trouble is, they were perfectly comfortable living under a tolerant government, even one officially protestant.

          An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

          by MichiganChet on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 09:56:43 AM PDT

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    •  Oh... THAT. (4+ / 0-)
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      If climate change continues unabated,  US "anschluss' of Canada is all but inevitable. But it'll have to compete for the headlines with the other wars throughout the world.

      Picture the grain belt turning into the next great dessert. With about half the lower 48 mostly uninhabitable for heat and lack of fresh water, the nation of 300 million will look to the nation of 30 million and ask why "so few should have so much?"

      Either the Canadians let Americans immigrate and, as with Florida and Texas, America assimilates Canada. Or the tanks simply storm north.

      Today is a good time to be in one's 50s. It's the younger people who will really suffer.

    •  Tried before and didn't go anywhere. (1+ / 0-)
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      No thanks. We like being Canadians.

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