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  • #15648

    TaylorsSC
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    Should the USofA join the Commonwealth?Why or why not?Discuss.

  • #18433

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    I'm going to blow everyone's minds here… and say “not.”The US is already having trouble with trying to get people (even elected officials) to cooperate within it's own borders.  I think to introduce a foreign government and have the US be part of something else would make that behavior even worse.  Imagine the apoplectic cable "news" shows talking about it.  They'd definitely describe it in terms of how this was the end of all things (and maybe try to work in a Mayan prophecy in there, too... you know... "news.")

  • #18434

    TaylorsSC
    Participant

    I'm going to say yes.It makes as much sense as belonging to the Organization of American States. The USofA has more in common with Australia and Britain than we do with Chile and Ecuador.Besides, when we made our trip to Britain this spring, while doing trip planning, I was disapointed to see how many reciprocity agreements that organizations like English Heritage and the National Trust have with other Commonwealth groups, but not with groups in the US.In other words, if you're a member of a Canadian provincial park, national park or some other group, you get free admission to a good many British heritage sites; but no reciprocity for US citizens.I think it is always a good thing to increase cultural ties between the English speaking nations.

  • #18435

    Liam
    Participant

    No. As a brit i dont know much about the american revolution but as far as i understand a lot of it was prefering selfgovernment to being in servitude to a monarch which i think makes a lot of sense. To go back to  the commonwealth surely goes against that. Yes, attitudes change and i dont expect the same political views to last hundreds of years but such a core part of a countries founding would always have a hold on its people

  • #18436

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    Thing is if the united states where to join the commonwealth it would have to accept a monarch having some modicum of influence directly on the Us, due to Lizzie's position as head of the commonwealth, which as far as I remember is not what the great majority of Americans want.

  • #18437

    TaylorsSC
    Participant

    Thing is if the united states where to join the commonwealth it would have to accept a monarch having some modicum of influence directly on the Us, due to Lizzie's position as head of the commonwealth, which as far as I remember is not what the great majority of Americans want.

    I may be wrong, but the Queen has almost no real influence over the Commonwealth. Seems that would be Kamalesh Sharma, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth. Mr. Sharma is an Indian, a republic that has no legal role for the Monarch, and a nation with its own troubled break away from the mother country.Consulting the source of all knowledge, Wikipedia, it looks like of the Commonwealth members, 17 have the Monarch as head of state, and 16 are Republics like the USA.So I don't see the Commonwealth as a return to Empire, but as a common cultural exchange organization, like other organizations the USA belongs to. I guess all I'm saying is that the more the US can do to increase common cultural exchanges with like nations, the better.

  • #18438

    Jonny the Grognard
    Participant

    Yes the Queen may not have any real influence but she does have a small amount which some Americans may take offense to, though some people do take offense to anything.

  • #18439

    anonymous
    Participant

    If the United States Of America did join they could take part in the Commonwealth Games-the next Commonwealth Games are going to be held in Glasgow in 2014.

  • #18440

    TaylorsSC
    Participant

    If the United States Of America did join they could take part in the Commonwealth Games-the next Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow in 2014.

    Which is one of those cultural connections I think would be very healthy for the US to take part in.

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