Scotland, we wish out? We’ll take your place

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Editor’s note: David R. Wheeler lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he is a freelance author and a broadcasting highbrow during Asbury University. Follow him on Twitter @David_R_Wheeler The opinions voiced in this explanation are only those of a author.

(CNN) — Here’s a doubt that seems to be mislaid in a discuss over a Scottish autonomy opinion scheduled for Sep 18:

If Scotland votes to secede, does that open adult a mark for another country? And if so — Scotland, can we take your place?

David Wheeler

I comprehend that Americans fought a bloody fight of autonomy from England in a late 1700s, though a rifts have healed over a past 240 years. In 2013, a Pew Research Center reported that England surfaced America’s list of favorite nations, in a near-tie with a dear northern neighbor, Canada.

In a past few years, as America has degenerated into domestic and mercantile chaos, it has turn increasingly transparent that we would be distant improved off if we apologized for a rebel opposite a Crown and requested to react a United Kingdom.


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There are 4 categorical ways America would advantage from joint with a UK: Brits have improved health, reduction inequality, glorious manners and — let’s face it — a aloft culture. Let’s urge a peculiarity of life by fasten them.

Want to live longer? Then let’s turn Stateland — a 50-state deputy for Scotland.

Brits have greater longevity than Americans, and a British health caring system, while far from perfect, is indescribably improved than ours. In my visits to a United Kingdom, I’ve beheld that only about anyone who can means private health word buys it, that allows Brits to addition their free, government-provided health care. That means there’s a baseline of caring that each chairman receives, and if we wish something faster or better, we compensate for it yourself.

Meanwhile, America’s needlessly difficult arrangement of government- and employer-provided health care, in a awkward concede with word companies, costs approach more than other grown countries’ while producing worse results.

Next, Britain is a some-more estimable society. Although America has a aloft GDP per capita, many of us — that is, a 99% — are not happy since of a ever-widening resources gap. Brits have less inequality, and their median incomes (unlike ours) have risen in a past decade.

America’s center category used to be a richest in a world; now we’re overtaken by Canada. Unless we are a 1% in America, chances are your salary are stagnant. Living a good life — owning a residence and a automobile and being means to support a family — seems like a struggle, generally when compared with your parents’ generation.

Americans could also learn a few lessons from a Brits when it comes to good manners.

When we took students with me to film news reports of a 2012 Olympics in London, we dealt with unthinkable crowds on a street, in a selling centers and on a Tube. Did we hear groans of annoyance when we incidentally bumped into Brits in Parliament Square while perplexing to get a improved perspective of Big Ben? Never. Did we see looks of disappointment when a cameras incidentally knocked into trusting people in Piccadilly Circus? Not even once.

This calm and consideration stands in sheer contrariety to a opinion in large American cities, where cab drivers abuse during we only for your small existence, and TSA agents during American airports contest for a pretension of Biggest Emotional Abuser.

Finally, America would advantage from a closer organisation with Britain’s culture. The nation that constructed Shakespeare, a world’s best storyteller, has also given us some of a best party and media of complicated times. Our fabrication of British radio (e.g. “The Office”) speaks for itself. Has any rope ever surfaced a Beatles?

And zero opposite PBS and NPR, though a BBC produces some of a best publicly saved journalism, putting most of a world’s radio and radio news programs to shame. The universe respects a United Kingdom, in part, since a BBC is so trustworthy. That’s called soothing power.

But wait, we ask. What’s in it for a Brits? Three things. Natural resources (oh so most land!), a stately Grand Canyon and a competition called “American football.” They’ll adore it.

So remember, Americans, if Scotland votes for autonomy on Sep 18, let’s urge a lives by seeking to take their place — if not officially, afterwards during slightest in spirit. We reason this law to be self-evident: Brits have a aloft society.

Americans explain we don’t wish a monarchy, though low down, we’re only as inspired as a British cousins for news about Queen Elizabeth, Princes William and Harry, and those darling stately babies.

England, will we take us back?

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