BaruchWell the basis of society is different ...Mon May 28, 2012 11:24220.127.116.11at least prior to 1945. America is a nation of recent immigrants, Britain is a nation of not so recent immigrants (900 - 1500 - 1900 years prior). Of course the Native Americans were marginalized, as were the Celts. The monarchy in Britain hasn't been CiC since Culloden, but the presidency from that time forward has been CiC. The US Senate, old version or new version, is neuveau riche, but the HoL until recently, is anciene riche. Americans prefer not to have present leadership related family-wise to past leadership, but that was an advantage among Brits. Both have their elite schools though, Ivy League vs Old School Tie. The House of Representatives, like the House of Commons though, are defined by machine politics and bribery.
I think the Brits believe in a Special Relationship, because the US is unlikely to Borg them, compared to France or Germany. It is best to not have your allies too close. Britain traditionally had a good relationship with Russia, perhaps for the same geographical reasons (and timber for the Royal Navy ... N Carolina performed similar service prior to 1783).
If government is fundamentally dysfunctional, shouldn't their inter-relationships be? Just look and France and Germany recently. I am sure the US took advantage of Britain during WW I and WW II, particularly financially. But the cost of survival while high, was worth it.
- It's the whole prodigal son thing Frashavan, Mon May 28 10:06Of course the British want the Americans on their side...the father in the story ordered the fatted calf to be killed, after all. The British will do any number of things to get the US on side, and... more
- Well the basis of society is different ... Baruch, Mon May 28 11:24