This is probably not a good post for a U.S. national holiday but here goes anyway. Fools rush in where….
A few hundred years ago, which is a very short amount of time in world history, we were part of the Great British empire. We bowed to the king and paid our share of taxes. Then some hot heads came along and convinced us that we would be better off on our own. They, like many Californians today, just didn’t like the idea of paying taxes and found every excuse to avoid doing that.
Long story short here we are today with one of the worst, and the absolutely most expensive, healthcare system in the world. A murder rate and gun ownership one of the highest in the world. Of course those two items are not unrelated. Spending more on our military than all the other countries in the world combined let alone being so stressed out we seem to have no time for family.
While over in England they were recently judged to have the best healthcare of a first world country. Their gun ownership is a small fraction of our and they have less murders per capita l in a year than we do in a month. They, like most other countries spend miniscule amounts on their military. They take the time for afternoon tea and meals with family. Britain also seems to learn from their mistakes much sooner than we do. They outlawed slavery many years before we did. They never tried to get rid of their alcohol as they realize that it is an integral part of their culture. They didn’t practice segregation to nearly the extent we did.
Maybe we got it wrong all those years ago. We let a few hot heads convince us that what we had was not a good thing. Canada which is our neighbors to the north also rate pretty much as well as England in all the mentioned categories. It is always fascinating to me to consider the results of various decisions both corporate and personal and to think about the consequences if we went the other way.
I know you can’t unscramble an egg or re-join a country so the above thinking is a total fantasy but it is interesting to ponder about how different my world would be today if we had not listened to those hot head rebels so many year ago. Now before you begin to flame me please realize that I love this country but we could learn a few lessons about doing it better from some of our neighbors, especially our British ones.