My wife and I have been discussing for a while now our escalating disappointment with the United States' political and cultural environment. Even under Obama, who we both regard as orders of magnitude better than Bush II, things haven't gotten much better. Whatever meager victories we've seen for progressivity under Obama, there's so much more to go and even this smidgen of advancement has seemingly turned the electorate (or a depressingly large portion of it) into something just short of a torch-and-pitchfork-brandishing mob.
She grew up in South Carolina, and I moved there in 2000. This year I took a job that moved us to Alabama. All around us we see an increasingly strident and almost-violent tone in right-wing political rhetoric. We see the local school district allowing the local religionists onto the grounds, station them in a main passageway inside the school, and allow them to hand out religious tracts and those pocket-sized New Testaments to the kids. We watch political ads that attack politicians for "supporting teaching evolution in our schools".
Then we look north, and while we know Canada isn't perfect we see a place that seems so much more... civilized is the only way to describe it. We see a country who's cities consistently make top-10 lists of where to live in the world. We watch documentaries such as Sicko or Bowling for Columbine that point out the differences in Canadian culture vs. the US and think to ourselves how nice it must be.
So tell me, my Canadian friends, is it as good as Mr. Moore paints it? Is it as nice and friendly as I remember it from weekend trips up to Toronto I used to take prior to moving down south?