Nobody can accuse Business Insider political editor John Ellis of thinking small. His latest plan for Barack Obama: merge the US and Canada.
Via Meadia supports this concept 100% as have all red blooded Americans since 1776. As Ellis lists them, the advantages are irresistible.
What would a United States of North America (or the United States of America and Canada) accomplish? Future energy needs: met. Food supply: 100-year horizon. Brainpower upgrade (for both countries): major. Improved education institutional base: instantly. Financial system stability: increased. Health care coverage: done (from President Obama’s point of view). National security upgrade (for both countries): significant. Larger territorial presence: obviously. More vigorous trading partnership: on day one. The list goes on (and on).
Downside: Canadian Senators! Hey! Into every life a little rain must fall. Plus, we’ll have to regard Canadians as our equals, which is of course preposterous, but again, rain is part of the weather. And the Quebecois? Irritating, I agree. But so what? It’s all small beer. In 30 years, everyone will be American anyway. It’s more fun.
Actually, it’s even more attractive than Ellis says. We could do this without the French: they could join the EU.
Ellis stands in a long line of great American thinkers; from Washington to Teddy Roosevelt getting Canada into the Union was part of the American dream. Lincoln’s secretary of state figured that an invasion of Canada would head off the Civil War. (Canada for the North, Cuba for the South: we would conquer the hemisphere arm in arm)
The only trouble is that the Canadians keep rejecting the deal. Maybe if we threw in a couple of NFL franchises?