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America should join the Commonwealth
Yes 47%
No 52%

Votes: 17

 Where were the Americans?

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Aug 27, 2002
The Commonwealth Games are over for another four years, and once again the Americans failed to show up.

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No American stood on the podium to receive either a gold, silver, or bronze medal, "Hail to the chief" was not sung once during the event and no one was there to wave the stars-n-stripes.

Whilst typical American games like beach volley ball, and drive-by shooting are not recognized events at the games. others like solo synchronised swimming, much beloved by G.W. Bush are.

So what is stoping America to joining up with other former colonies, and protectorates of the British Crown?


we don't give a fuck n/t (none / 0) (#1)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Aug 27th, 2002 at 06:10:38 PM PST

Ah another fan of... (none / 0) (#3)
by walwyn on Wed Aug 28th, 2002 at 02:59:17 AM PST
...solo synchronised swimming.

Not all of the US was a commonwealth (none / 0) (#2)
by First Incision on Tue Aug 27th, 2002 at 06:45:51 PM PST
You must remember that historically, most states were never part of the British Empire. Florida broke off from the Spanish Empire to join the US. Louisiana was purchased from the French. Texas was an independent republic. Many of the western states were annexed from Mexico.

There are some states, like Virginia, that still proudly claim the title of Commonwealth. If citizens of Virginia want to compete in the Commonwealth games, I think that would be good. But I doubt you would find any Texans willing to compete.
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We don't want to walk off with all the medals (none / 0) (#4)
by Anonymous Reader on Wed Aug 28th, 2002 at 11:53:18 PM PST
America would dominate all the sports except the fake ones like Cricket. That would hardly be sporting.

Commonwealth (none / 0) (#5)
by SpaceGhoti on Sat Aug 31st, 2002 at 08:22:49 PM PST
The US originally rejected any notion of membership with the Commonwealth for the same reason they originally rejected membership in the ill-fated League of Nations. Up until the 1940's, the US followed a strict policy of political isolationism: no alliances with European countries. After the 1940's, the US felt no need to join the Commonwealth having established itself as a superpower.

Nowadays, even with the US's foreign policy, the odds are fairly well stacked against membership in the Commonwealth. On the one hand, the economic benefits would be good but the politlcal ramifications would probably kill any such notion. Having the Commonwealth demand to inspect America's political elections is strictly forbidden.

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