I think it's a great injustice to suggest that the various Orthodox jurisdictions in North America exist out of disobedience to the Ecumenical Patriarch. How about seeing these as roots of immigrants (who make up both the US, and Canada--unless of course you're a First Nations Native), who came with the hope of making a better life, and brought their faith with them to this new land, and performed a miracle in bringing Orthodox Truth to the lands of Evangelical Relativism and Denominationalism. It's so easy to just group this as "disobedience", but a great innaccuracy. To be sure, it is not the Greek jurisdiction that leads the way in bringing that faith "once delivered to the saints" to the masses (although, granted, there are some who do it). Rather, it is more Russian and Antiochian Orthodox who provide the greater "thrust" (for lack of a better word, of Orthodox Evangeliing, missions,etc.
Perhaps it would be in better taste to not throw out general statements, that lack a more rounded, compassionate view, and just manage to "ruffle the feathers" and leave a bad taste on the palette.
I am done. Forgive.
In Christ ,the least,