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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.


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.


19 Responses

  1. I’m becoming mean in my old age; can’t wait to see the Scots kick QE2 out of Balmoral.
    EuroDisney Two, bitches!

  2. And abusers never stay contrite for long.


    If it’s no , England will go back to ignoring them , continue to take 90% of the oil revenue off Scotland’s shores….the English PM will announce Syrian air strikes ( he has had to hold off on his willingness because of this vote and the deep unpopularity of more wars abroad and more social cuts at home ) All that ” a brighter tomorrow together” stuff will be chuckled over at the club…in fact a no vote would likely embolden England for more abuse

    You might as well be free . I imagine they will gift Liz her hunting lodge

  3. Robert Burns on today’s vote:

  4. Nope, not today.

  5. Already the smiley face of “better together” has been ripped off Cameron say Scottish PM should not be allowed to vote on topics just concerning English people… wow that didn’t take long. More punishment to follow

  6. Well, I figure that UK internal affairs haven’t been any of my business since 1776 (something for which I’m profoundly grateful every time I look at The Telegraph). I must admit, however, that the prospect of the proud and hardy Scots telling the smarmy plutocrats in The City to stick it had a certain visceral appeal.

  7. I’m sorry for my disappearing act. I have a horrible tooth/jaw/ear — I don’t really know ache. And can only sit up for a few minutes at a time. Just trying to get through the weekend before I can get into the dentist on Monday (I keep dreaming it’s Saturday, but I don’t think it is)

  8. Boy, am I glad that FDR was President of the US.

  9. It seems the No vote won by 10% but a powerful message has been sent to Westminster.

    Perhaps it’s time we Democrats sent one to Washington, change your voter registration to Independent if you haven’t done so. I’d like to see something along the lines of 44% opting out.

    To those who say “What about voting in the primary” I say “2008 proved our votes don’t count.”

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