A friend of mine had his cousins visit from Windsor, and they had some stories about the Michigan crowd that comes over to party. Drunken scraps galore. 75% don't have passports... I pointed out that Americans commit a significantly greater amount of violent crimes/1000 people than Canadians do, and he accuse me of lying. "some stories about the Michigan crowd that comes over to party." Yeah, it's those damn Yankees from down under that are screwing things up, not the peaceful Canadians that live here. "75% don't have passports..." Don't those stupid Yankees know how horrible it is in their horrible country? I mean, no passports, then you are like stuck there! Just ask the 12,000,000 Mexicans crossing the border on their way to Canada! What irks ME is when people bash America and Americans in forums like these and the overwhelming majority of those Americans just sit back and say nothing. Not because this nonsense is true, because they don't want to offend anyone here. Let me offend then. I took my last, end of the summer family vacation in Victoria, British Columbia last year. We drove there, taking the ferry from Port Angeles. We stayed in the beautiful Fairmont Empress. After settling in we went down to the garage to take the car out for some sightseeing. The rear window had been beaten with a baseball bat and flyers thrown about the car saying that Americans are "criminals," and "Bush is a murderer," and "American troops kill women and babies." I made the mistake of forgetting to take off the bumber sticker on my car that said "We support the troops." Of course on the bright side, our stay in the Fairmont and all of our meals were comped, but then we had no use of the car either! As we wandered out and about, walking the streets (see no car above), we came across slews of homeless teenagers. When I inquired in one of the shops about this I was told they were ALL drug addicts. I said: "I thought Canada had healthcare for everyone? Can't they get the help they need?" No, they don't want to be helped, was the answer, because surely if they did they would get it. I still found Victoria to be a beautiful place. I did not eat in a single bad reataurant my entire time there. Aside from the crowd that hates America and everything we stand for (except for the influx of our money), they treated us rather well and were even quite apologetic for the "idiots" who did attack us. That said, I must say, as I read in this particular post as well, that they are very quick to point out just how great their country is, and any portion of it that is not, well, it's those damned Yankees who are at fault! I spent several years in Brasil. While there, I heard a common theme over and over. "America is a rich country and they should GIVE us money to help our poor." I pointed out that America does give billions of dollars to other countries, including Brasil, and the response: "Yes, but you want it back!" Imagine that! We actually expect to be paid back when we loan money to them? I have never heard of anything so barbaric! I then asked them if they knew the difference between the USA and Brasil? Without hesitation they always answered the same thing: "Americans are rich." I proposed to them what I propose here. Brasil is a much bigger country, geographically, than the US. It has far more resources and some of the most incredible terrain anywhere in the world. If somehow you could transport the entire population of Brasil to the US and then transport the entire population of the US to Brasil, what would happen? Let me tell you what would happen, Brasil would become the most prosperous, powerful country in the world and the US would become a Third World country! Why? AMERICANS! We would make it that way because that is who we are. It is not just a piece of land, it is a state of mind. To the poster who said: "I'm an American. I love living here. But for the most part Americans repulse me." Sorry, it's not the geography that makes America great, it is AMERICANS! So, as Jack Nicholson said: "Sell crazy somewhere else. We're all filled up here."