I’m in two minds about the United States of America. The people can be very nice, their philosophy and approach to life can be very confusing, and dangerous.
With Presidential elections coming soon can I make a suggestion?
That we spin back to 1776 and give up the idea of Independence. Its not worked very well so far, has it? You’d be better back into an Empire where other people could bring reason to your decisions, and stop you being hated everywhere. It will also save you money.
Some changes will be necessary that will need your cooperation. The right to bear arms has been taken too far. The Second Amendment suggesting bearing arms was a cheap means of creating a citizen’s defence force, to be used against enemies. Not to prevent your neighbour’s cat from polluting your flower beds. That’s created in you a belief that aggression is the way to win arguments. It isn’t – leastways, not the way you do it. In the last 100 years you’ve engaged in dozens, if not hundreds, of arguments with other countries. You must understand you’ve not won any of these conflicts – except Grenada (well done). The rest have cost you billions of dollars, killed countless people, including your own citizens, and now very few people like you very much. It hasn’t worked.
Independence means you need to be capable of negotiation. Too often you’ve seen that as a fight, and used sneaky tactics. We saw through your demand to scrap the gold standard, and to use the dollar standard instead. We’ve seen you creating weasel words, such as ‘globalisation’ and trade deals such as TTIP. All will come back to bite you. Corporate capitalism cannot last. Eventually all the ‘Aren’t we Great’ slogans will be seen as false as the inequalities in your society become too much. Beware that the detention camps, plastic coffins and guillotines now waiting to be used are not used against you! How long can 1% of the population hold over 40% of the wealth?
Who would be your best partners? That may not depend upon your choice. If Yellowstone erupts – it does that every 600,000 years, and that last happened 600,000 years ago – none of us need worry. If China decides to call in the debt you owe, if the Middle East really erupts, and if the Great Bear of Russia finally decides you are too much to tolerate then they may all take actions you can’t avoid. North Korea looks good.
The European Union is an option. You could even decide to make German the national language this time, although it looks as if Spanish is already in the lead.
I’d suggest that rejoining the United Kingdom could be the safest. Help us rebuild the Empire (we call that the Commonwealth now, as a temporary title).
We, the UK, come with advantages: we speak English (note that your corrupted version will need to be modified). We understand how to fight (as a last resort), we manage finances (for other people) very well, and our television is so much better than yours. Our laws are more compliant. We don’t use guns, which means we don’t have so many violent deaths.
We have a National Health Service (hopefully) and many other attributes. We could cooperate very well. We’ve got lots of suitable people who’d live with you, an rarely cause trouble.
Don’t be fooled by my altruism. I want you to join us so you can stop turning us into a slave colony.