David Horsey comments today in the Los Angeles Times that the United States should give Texas its independence and take on England as the 50th state in its place. It’d allow Congress to be rid of “crazy Texas Tea Partiers” in favor of “sensible English conservatives.”
England is the perfect replacement state. London is a financial powerhouse far beyond even the loudest boasts of Houston and Dallas. English and American cultures are more intertwined than ever. We listen to the same music, watch the same TV shows, and 80% of English actors already live in Los Angeles.
The best part is English conservatives. They are nothing like tea party Republicans. They’re all educated at Oxford and Cambridge, not Oral Roberts University. They all think universal healthcare is a sensible idea, not a pact with Lenin and Marx. And they hate being part of the European Union — so much so that they’d be eager to tell the French and Germans to bugger off and then join the U.S. Besides, the English conservatives’ greatest hero, Winston Churchill, was half American.
Imagine trading Ted Cruz for David Cameron. There is no part of this deal that does not sound like a plus for our political system.
It’s a purposefully silly proposal, of course. But thinking about English-style democracy does remind me that I’m ready for a constitutional redo. I think separation of powers has just about run its course, and that it’s time for America to move to a parliamentary system, possibly with proportional party representation, but most definitely with Prime Minister’s Questions.