Great news! The Canada Party has entered our presidential race. I'd vote for Canada to be the leader of the United States, for sure.
This is a highly persausive campaign video.
But seriously... (though I hope, oh, I so dearly hope, Canada will run for president), other countries have a hell of a lot to teach the United States. We aren't #1 in anything related to quality of life.
It's a fact.
Check out the OECD's Better Life Initiative web site (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). Quality of life rankings for most of the world's developed economies, along with some emerging economies, start off with each topic area ranked equally.
Click on "by rank) in the lower right corner of the display, and you'll see that currently the United States is #7, with Canada #2. Go, Canada! Beat out Australia and you're #1!
So if we were more like Canada, our well-being would be much better. Sure, we'd have to develop a taste for hockey (ugh), but I'm up for that in exchange for universal health care and other Canadian goodies.
See what happens when you leave ten of the quality of life topics at the "1" level, and one by one, give a single topic a "5" (most important). You'll find that the United States isn't tops in anything, notwithstanding how often people in this country erroneously say, "This is the greatest country in the world."
No, we aren't. Canada is. Or maybe France.
Regardless, it makes a lot of sense to elect another country to be our President, since we're way behind other nations in just about everything except incarceration rates.
On a related note, Nicholas Kristof correctly asks why Europe is a dirty word in our political discourse. Beats me. Europeans get to watch much racier and funnier commercials that we do, so let's elect Europe vice-president.