This election season has been an ugly one. It has exposed so much of the wrong in our country that it’s almost difficult to push through those dark clouds to see what is actually right. Yes, we have many, many issues that need our attention and we have lots and lots and lots of room for improvement. Social change IS serious business.
However, we mustn’t lose sight of what we are fighting for. We cannot become so wrapped up in all of our fumbles that we disregard all the mileage we’ve already walked.
Our neighbors in Canada have seen our broken hearts. They see our discouragement and pain as we navigate through this blurry mess. They know we are a bit worn out, a bit downtrodden – they see our sadness as headline after headline beats us down even further.
So, they are giving us a much-needed pep talk.
Playing off of Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, a creative agency in Canada called The Garden put together an ad campaign to lift the spirits and ease some of the tensions of their neighbors south of the border. The #TellAmericaItsGreat website/hashtag was born. The website features user submitted videos of Canadians voicing their favorite things about America. The associated hashtag has also been trending on Twitter.
Here are just a few of the heartwarming posts from our kindhearted friends.
To my American brothers, sisters, and others, you are strong, you are beautiful, and this election will not break you. #tellamericanitsgreat
— Randee (@darklordkeisha) October 18, 2016
You're big, you're full of life, you're diverse. There, now. Wipe that tear. You got this. #tellamericanitsgreat
— laurie petrou (@lauriepetrou) October 18, 2016
You got this.
We see you struggling and we're here for you. #tellamericanitsgreat
— Kodi Whitehurst (@Odikay333) October 18, 2016
My fave thing about America? It's entrepreneurs! They have drive, motivation and spirit like no other! #tellamericanitsgreat
— Paulette Sopoci (@PauletteSopoci) October 18, 2016
Nobody does road trips, baseball parks, tailgating, parades & fireworks better than the US. Amazing cities and people. #tellamericanitsgreat
— Meredith MacLeod (@meredithmacleod) October 18, 2016
Hakuna Matata America, you're already great. NASA alone is proof of that. #tellamericaitsgreat
— Abraham Alappat (@AbeAlappat) October 17, 2016
Some great things about the US: BBQ, my friendly neighbours during my 5 yrs in CT, the NFL, Star Wars, Disneyland. #TellAmericaItsGreat
— Steve McKoen (@Steve_McKoen) October 17, 2016
Your declaration of independence is one of the most beautiful documents ever written. #tellamericaitsgreat
— SmallLady (@SmallLady0) October 15, 2016
In response, Americans are now responding with #ThankYouCanada.
— Alex Gervasi (@AlexontheMic) October 18, 2016
Yes, thank you! It’s kind of rough down here at the moment.
Watch Canada’s Tell America It’s Great campaign ad, here:
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