Canada has apparently fallen victim to the silent majority disease.

We used to have a bad case of that ourselves. This quasi-medical condition afflicts a nation in the following way. Most people just shut up. They don't say anything, even when the loudmouth minority around them are saying the most outrageous things.

Some 90 percent of Canadians are reported to have said they think the United States is their most important world partner... or something like that. Another 70-something percent said they think the U.S. is Canada's most important friend.

And yet what do we hear about down here? We hear about the 60 percent of Canadian teenagers who think the U.S. is evil. We hear about the Canadian MP who put out an automated voicemail message to Canadians to come protest George W. Bush's visit.

We hear about the Canadians who didn't learn the lesson of Hollywood. After all, our friends on the left coast made a lot of noise about what a moron Bush is until he won the
election, then they crawled back under their rock.

But not the Canadians. An American election only confirms for them that Americans are morons, and that they are so much smarter. "You're bigger, we're better," they say.

Well, I guess it turns out that's a minority view in Canada, that the overwhelming number secretly treasure their relationship with the U.S., rather their old relationship with the U.S. Right now, we're ticked at them for being so mouthy and so superior-acting.

But evidently, the majority of Canadians — if I can believe these polls — think a lot differently than the loudmouth ones we see on newspapers and Canadian TV. It's called the silent majority disease, and they should get the cure soon as possible.

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