“The acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching.” (Thomas Jefferson, 1812)
“I have succeeded beyond expectation.” (Isaac Brock, 1812)
So, who did win the war? It seems to depend on who you ask–Americans or Canadians. Here’s an article and a video from Globe and Mail about a recent survey.
According to this, Americans think they got their national anthem from War of 1812. For Canadians, it “was a war which saved them from American assimilation, preserved them from American politics, gun laws and shared citizenship with Snooki.” (Who the heck is Snooki? Who cares?!?)
For 200 years, it has also saved us from IRS (and has instead given us the more professional and respectful CRA). But, Thomas Jefferson’s troops are on the move again, believing they will conquer through IRS beyond their borders what they failed to do 200 years ago.
Canadian soldiers and allies around the world will fight and resist that invasion just as Issac Brock did 200 years ago.