Last week the fetching Mrs. B and I returned from our great Montreal adventure. In this post I do not, in any way, want to demean the city or people of Montreal or Canada as we had a wonderful experience there. They have a beautiful city and the people are very nice. We also had an interesting and nice taxi driver that took us from the airport to our hotel. He started a conversation on health care and then we really got into politics. What was interesting is that from his questions and some of his comments, you could tell he was coming at it from a liberal perspective. Unlike most of the left in our country, he was very interested in our answers and our comments and didn't just dismiss them out of hand. He was really listening to what we had to say. Sorry American liberals but most of you just aren't as tolerant of conservative views as this Canadian liberal was.
|Canadian taxi cab|
Sheralyn told him we are worried that with Obamacare that when you get in your 70s and 80s they will determine that you can do without an operation you might need for financial savings. She asked the driver if an elderly person in Canada would break their hip, for example, would they get the operation they need. He said yes they will. Then he added, and I kid you not, he was not joking when he said this, that everyone gets care, but they might have to wait a couple of years. Again we emphasized we added that is why we don't want Obamacare in the United States. We told him millions if not a majority of people in this country don't want to see Obamacare implemented. He said, yeah but then how did Obama get re-elected, they must have liked him. We told him about how the mainstream media was in the tank for Obama and covered up for him. We said that is why we watch Fox News where at least a different point of view is allowed. He said, oh yeah, Fox News-Bill O'Reilly...and started laughing.
Then we brought up the different scandals in America--especially the IRS and the Benghazi. He said that was really a shame that Americans were killed in Benghazi. He said, "shouldn't they have had some security there to protect them?" We told him not only wasn't there security there but some soldiers wanted to come and help but they were told to stand down. This time the taxi man almost jumped out of his seat and said loudly, "What?" "That's not American." We told him it didn't used to be America, but that is America under Obama.
He asked us why weren't the people outraged. We told him again, "you don't understand, the mainstream media covered up for this guy, and still does." We told him a lot of us are outraged and that is why we can't wait until this guy is out of the White House and hope we [Republicans] can win the house and senate in the 2014 elections. We told him, I think you can tell we are conservative Republicans...he laughed and said, yeah, he kind of got that feeling.
One funny thing, he knew all about Mitt Romney's so-called faults [as portrayed from the liberal perspective]-how he couldn't relate to the people and about his 47% remark, etc. We told him that Romney got a bad rap, was a good man and he was looking at it only from how the American mainstream media portrayed Romney. While this Canadian knew all about Romney [from the way Obama portrayed him], he didn't seem to know as much about his own government as Sheralyn asked him when the next Canadian major elections would be-he wasn't sure.
I really believe we got through to him on three points. The fact that no American, or even non citizen for that matter, is denied critical medical care when needed even if they have no money or insurance. The fact that Benghazi was a true outrageous dereliction of duty by the president to protect Americans he put under his command. And that the mainstream media totally covers-up for Obama and acts like his presidential spokesman instead of like a responsible media being a watchdog of executive abuse.
About that time we reached our destination at the beautiful Le Crystal Hotel in Montreal. I gave him an extra large tip for being such a friendly, willing to listen, Canadian liberal. Although it won't help in America's elections, I think we may have just moved his views a little to the right.