The State Opening of Congress?

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  1. Ken Rhodes says:

    Independence is a good thing, and it needs to be asserted occasionally, even if only symbolically.

    Politeness is nice too, so the finish of the story, which sounds very British, is also a good thing. Black Rod knocks, they open the door, and each having asserted his role, they all get together to hear the speech. Wouldn’t a little of that civility be a welcome change here?

    By the way, the one word I didn’t hear was “invite.” After the Commons door is slammed and Black Rod knocks, he “summons” the Commons to attend. In a play of manners, that’s probably significant. I think it simply means that, even though the Commons can slam the door, they are still each (individually) subject to being “commanded” by their Queen.