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Be Brave, Scotland

Update: Check out this Trendsmap from today’s vote for independence in Scotland.  It’s a real-time interactive map tracking people who voted Yes.  Pretty cool. It looks like the Yes vote is turning out strongly.

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Go, Scotland, Change your feet, er, fate.

 

And now a word from one of our Scottish ancestors, Thomas Jefferson, from his most famous work, The Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

We average citizens have put up with a lot in the last 6 years since the bankers blew up the world.  There  will be (has been) a lot of handwringing about currency and oil revenues and fear.  I suspect all people who choose independence face similar fears.  Will it be ok afterwards?  Can we still be friends?  How will I make a living?

But if you don’t choose independence, you have to live with the current system- indefinitely.  And abusers never stay contrite for long.

Set an example for the rest of us.  Our midterms come up in November when we will have our own chance to throw the bums out.