Or maybe we could, you know, be courteous and nice

Ok, yeah, I get where he's coming from here, but sheesh, getting pissy about the Queen is so British Labourite- so the irony of getting pissy over it on American Revolutionary grounds ("we ain't them!!") makes my head spin.

Maybe its just me as a Virginian, but we kind of remember that we were founded by Englishmen (just take a look at pretty much every place, town, and city name in southeastern Virginia; our forebears were brave, but unoriginal) and having the Queen come over to celebrate our founding is just respectful and a nod to our roots. A howdy and a smile is good enough, but I think we're all secure enough in our superpowerdom that if someone wanted to show her respect in an archaic way, I think the Republic will survive somehow...

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Courteous ? Yes. Submissive ? Absolutely Not

Brian,

Notwithstanding what I said in my post, I do respect England as nation.

I just don't get the idea of showing any respect to the last remnant of an institution that should have faded away long ago, which is pretty much how I view the monarchy.

And it's not so much Elizabeth Windsor-Mountbatten that disturbs me, as it is the obsession that some portion of the public seems to have with the British Royal Family.

In the end, it's probably nothing more than the same celebrity obsession that keeps the paparazzi focused on Britney, Lindsey, and Paris.

However, on some level, I find myself profoundly disturbed by the idea that American citizens would even feign to consider bestowing honor on somoene whose only claim to fame is the fact that she happens to be genetically linked to the man that George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, and the rest of the colonies rebelled against.

Labourite

It took me a few tries to get that one. I couldn't figure out what "lah-bor-ih-TAY" meant.

Just trying to keep it real,

Just trying to keep it real, yo. Or should that be ye?

How many Virginians does it take to change a lightbulb?

Three--one to climb up on a ladder with a bulb, and two to write the history of it.

Its a fair cop.

Its a fair cop.