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Letter: U.S. could learn a lesson from England

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By Jacob Holck, Worthington

On Tuesday evening, I received an email from a friend of mine from high school. In that email there was a photo of an excited Queen Elizabeth II, the caption under the photo stated, “Quick! Let’s invade the colonies!!” The caption was referring, of course, to the United States government shutdown.

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All humor aside, the humorous email had a good point to it. The British government, against whom we fought for our freedom some 237 years ago, has not had a government shutdown quite like ours. In fact, their parliamentary system of government has seemingly been quite effective.

As of 2010, Britain has been governed by a coalition government consisting of the Conservative and the Liberal Democrat parties. Imagine that — two political parties working together to get the work of the nation done. It’s unheard of in America. That, to me, is very sad.

What happened to the government of the people, by the people, for the people? We have a government full of people who refuse to work together, and are petty and refuse to compromise. What happened to us, America? We need to take a long hard look at our government and decide if it’s time for a change in our representatives.

In the words of our late great Governor Floyd B. Olson, I hope the present system of government goes right down to hell. Perhaps it’s time to very nicely ask Her Majesty the Queen to see if she would take us back. Just a thought.

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