On Thursday, Scotland had an opportunity to discontinue its 307-year old association with Great Britain by simply voting to become an independent nation. This was no small opportunity since Scotland had been joined to Great Britain by force of conquest three centuries ago, and had brooded ever since about that injustice and longing for a moment to break free.
However, as reported in The New York Times (“Scotland Rejects Independence From United Kingdom”),
“Voters in Scotland rejected independence from Britain in a referendum that had threatened to break up the 307-year union between them . . . . With 26 of 32 voting districts reporting, there were 1,397,077 votes, or 54.2 percent, against independence, and 1,176,952, or 45.7 percent, in favor.”
Reuters reported (“ Scottish nationalist leader Salmond quits after losing independence vote”) that,
“ Scottish nationalist Alex Salmond [who supported Scottish independence from Great Britain] resigned as leader of his party on Friday and will quit as First Minister of his country after losing an independence referendum.
“‘For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream will never die,’ Salmond told reporters in Edinburgh.”
I don’t blame the First Minister of Scotland for resigning. The “dream” of Scottish independence is dead—murdered by the majority of the Scottish people.
So, therefore, Thursday was truly a sad and terrible day.
Several million Scotsmen had a chance to achieve independence and freedom. They didn’t even have to fight for it. All they had to do was vote for freedom and instead, the majority voted to remain as subjects and bondmen to Great Britain.
I can see why Mr. Salmond quit. After 300 years of allegedly dreaming of freedom from England, when Scotland finally had a chance to escape, most Scotsmen preferred to keep getting welfare and pensions from Great Britain rather than dare to assume the risks that necessarily attach to freedom.
Scottish senior citizens primarily voted to secure their pensions and leave their children and grandchildren to rot in bondage.
It’s a shameful day for Scotland and a shameful day for mankind. Some of us had a chance to be free without even fighting, and we rejected that chance.
I am appalled. The Scots could’ve voted for independence and thereby lifted up a torch for freedom that might’ve inspired the world. But, instead, they preferred to remain on the dole.
I am disgusted and ashamed for Scotland.
And I’m frightened that the Scots’ example might be emulated here in the former “land of the free”.
I’m left to wonder how many Americans, given an opportunity to be free, would also vote to remain in bondage.
If we had a chance to vote, really vote, for freedom in this country—who would support that idea? Who would take advantage of that opportunity? Who would vote for freedom, knowing that freedom not only meant less government but also meant more personal responsibility?
In a nation where at least half of us receive some sort of governmental support, how many of us would say “to hell with that welfare . . . to hell with subsidies . . . I’m voting for freedom!”
It appears that big government has effectively seduced and enslaved the Scots, and probably most Americans, with the proverbial “free lunch”.
I doubt that many Americans will abandon the promise of a free lunch to fight, or even vote, for freedom.
If that’s true, there’ll be no resurrection of freedom, Liberty or independence in this country until after the federal government is bankrupt and impotent, the dollar has died and the nation is wracked by a catastrophic economic and social collapse. It’ll take a genuine catastrophe—the loss of all free lunches—before the majority of Americans will again appreciate freedom.
So, Thursday was, indeed, a sad and terrible day.
The slaves voted to reject their freedom.
To Hell with Scotland.