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message 1: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 12879 comments If we consider different scenarios and among them - 49 question, we might as well check the opposite direction. How about 51, 52 and so on states?

They say if you can't prevent something, lead it. What if the administration decides that to adequately deal with drug cartels, illegal immigration, Chrysler plant in Mexico, to protect American public, make America and Mexico great again and anew, and finally to save Mexican public from stingy, unwilling-to-pay Nieto, it's better to unite New Mexico with an old one under one roof and annex Mexico, at least provisionary, until the 'problems' are properly dealt? -:) Because where there might be shrinking, might be expanding...
It's not an entirely serious question, but still.... what do you think?


message 2: by Philip (new)

Philip (phenweb) | 2778 comments Austria, Chezh... you know where I'm going with this - don't put any more ideas in the man's head!


message 3: by M.L. (new)

M.L. Ohhhh, let's not go there! :P The orange-haired Bobble Head might get ideas!The Russians once had a stake in California, then sold it before the Gold Rush. There is still a 'Russian River' in CA.


message 4: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 12879 comments Russians also sold Alaska (Russian America then) at the time rather cheaply for only about 7 mil. USD -:)


message 5: by M.L. (new)

M.L. See? No foresight! :-)


message 6: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 12879 comments And apparently no geologists at the time -:)

Since all the gold is already extracted, Donald can maybe sell it back to Vladimir with a huge profit -:)


message 7: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 12879 comments Expansion - anyone, anywhere, maybe?


message 8: by J.J. (new)

J.J. Mainor | 2089 comments As a side note, if we did annex Mexico, then there would be no illegal Mexican immigrants in the US...


message 9: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 12879 comments Sometimes the solution is right under our nose -:)


message 10: by Denise (new)

Denise Baer Nik wrote: "Expansion - anyone, anywhere, maybe?"

GOD NO! We do NOT need Mexico to become a part of America. We have enough headaches. Let Mexico take care of their own problems.


message 11: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 5077 comments I'm glad this isn't a serious question about annexing Mexico. Now, Canada, let's annex Canada:-) They seem to have things figured out.


message 12: by J.J. (new)

J.J. Mainor | 2089 comments Yeah, but Canada has been taking our malcontents since the Revolution...people who took the "love it or leave it" motto to heart have made Canada their home. While this doesn't represent all of Canada, is this a segment we really want back?


message 13: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 5077 comments Note the :-) in my comment. I don't think Canada wants to have anything to do with us as regards annexation.


message 14: by Philip (new)

Philip (phenweb) | 2778 comments Following the entertainment of the hanging chads election several years ago I seem to remember a spoof letter offering to bring the US back into the British Empire

Found this later version

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen... Elizabeth II:

( Not meant for those lacking a sense of humor, and or those that refuse to read a note in its entirety before making a comment)

In light of your immediate failure to financially manage yourselves and also in recent years your tendency to elect incompetent Presidents of the USA and therefore not able to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas , which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated sometime next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.'Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary'). (I love that one)

2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.' ' (I love that one too)

3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse.

5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.)

8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. New Zealand beer is also acceptable, as New Zealand is pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

11. You will cease playing American football. There are only two kinds of proper football; one you call soccer, and rugby (dominated by the New Zealanders). Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America . Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the Australians (World dominators) first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen!


message 15: by Michel (new)

Michel Poulin Philip, that was hilarious! It reminds me of a quote by a modern British general, describing the USA as 'that territory presently controlled by rebel forces'.

As for Canada being annexed by the USA: OVER MY DEAD BODY! One fact that Americans hate to be remembered about: the only war they officially lost was against Canada in 1812. Oh, by the way, we also burned down the White House while passing through Washington.


message 16: by Philip (new)

Philip (phenweb) | 2778 comments Michel wrote: "Philip, that was hilarious! It reminds me of a quote by a modern British general, describing the USA as 'that territory presently controlled by rebel forces'.

As for Canada being annexed by the U..."


I remember regaling my USMC colleagues with that story and offering to do it again.


message 17: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 8986 comments Michel wrote: "Philip, that was hilarious! It reminds me of a quote by a modern British general, describing the USA as 'that territory presently controlled by rebel forces'.

As for Canada being annexed by the U..."


Hmm - better not tell Pompeo that :-)

More seriously, official or not, America did not exactly win Viet Nam, it is hard to claim victory in Afghanistan, and to call Iraq a win is a little excessive. And the "Over my dead body" thought is why Iran would be a nightmare


message 18: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 8986 comments Philip, Also good to see a vote of confidence in NZ beer. That would not have happened a few decades ago. We had a wannabe prohabitionist import (from the UK) who became PM, called Peter Fraser, but he could not quite get it through. Being somewhat of a religious fundamentalist, he managed to get this said about him

Fraser felt himself divine, but while Jesus turned water into wine, all Fraser could do was to turn beer into water.

Fortunately I can report that a rather large number of craft brewers have now sprung up and that rather horrible brew that emerged is a thing of the past.


message 19: by J.J. (new)

J.J. Mainor | 2089 comments Sorry, that roundabout thing is the deal breaker for me...

And the Hollywood thing...I'm fine with that if we can cast American characters with Americans instead of British and Australian actors. Not that the women haven't been easy on the eyes, but it's always weird when I find out the star of an American show isn't American...


message 20: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 8986 comments Roundabouts work very well provided they are managed properly. The English system is that you drive on the left and give way to the right, so you give way to traffic already in the roundabout. The most horrendous situation I ever drove in was in France, where they drove on the right and gave way to the right, which means those in the roundabout give way to those entering, which led to long radial streams of cars, each stream terminating when someone had to give way to someone else entering. I could not help myself and had to laugh at it. A gendarme saw me, and since he was being abused on all sides, somehow he cleared a way through for me. A good gendarme that one :-)


message 21: by Philip (new)

Philip (phenweb) | 2778 comments Ian wrote: "Philip, Also good to see a vote of confidence in NZ beer. That would not have happened a few decades ago. We had a wannabe prohabitionist import (from the UK) who became PM, called Peter Fraser, bu..."

That would be cause for revolution on its own!


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