Saturday, September 29, 2007

Its Never Too Soon for Advanced Planning

Because the people in government understand the incredible inefficiency of government, planning committees for the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 are being established five years in advance. First agenda item: Who Won?

War of 1812, revisited: As early preparations for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 get underway in Canada and the United States, organizers in Canada have run into an unexpected hitch: Their American counterparts seem to think they won.

Although former American president Thomas Jefferson had boasted that conquering Upper Canada, as Ontario was known in 1812, was "a mere matter of marching," the invaders lost a series of crucial battles early in the war and were forced to beat an undignified retreat back across the border.

Although the U.S. army eventually managed to achieve some successes, including attacking and burning down the provincial capital of York (modern-day Toronto) in 1813, they were never again a serious threat to conquer Canada.

In 1814, British forces retaliated for the burning of York by attacking Washington and burning down the White House and Congress, but at the end of the fighting, the borders remained largely unchanged.

Brainstorming here, but how about a dramatic reenactment of the destruction of Congress and the White House? I’m thinking big ratings draw both domestic and international.