I have to confess I like both US and Canada. Though humorous, I don't think Canadians live up to their "Mikey" image, and my experiences have been 100% pleasant. Regarding US people, I find most to be very good company, too; HOWEVER the minority really are a little unsettling - enormous people who can't walk out of restaurants, rednecks who you just know carry a small armoury within reach of the driver's seat, scary nutters (unlike UK nutters who are pretty harmless), businesses that are trying to get every last cent out of you ...
And, why does the US consider itself to be "America"? My geography teacher told me that America started at Chile and went up to Canada, incorporating 2 continents. Imagine the UK calling itself "Europe" ! Not even Maggie went that far.
The US needs to look long and hard at its overseas image. Not just the various war zones. I've often been asked if I'm "American" or British - and invariably get signs of relief when I say the latter (even in Argentina !). The image of US citizens abroad is invariably greedy, pushy, arrogant, inconsiderate, dissatisfied and more money than sense. And many, in my experience, live up to that reputation (though many don't)
I'm reminded of a conversation with a Canadian border policeman, who asked me if I was carrying weapons into Canada. He joked about how many US citizens tried sneaking guns, drugs, etc into Canada on holiday visits, and he often had to search US vehicles. Nobody else ever did.
No offence intended here, just observations.
Rikkor, can you fix all this ?