posted on Aug, 6 2014 @ 03:08 PM
I know the referendum is still a ways off, but I just wanted to share my humble opinion.
The Scottish people deserve to steer their own fate, and I say that time has just about come. The powers to the south no longer have the old excuses
There were empires and there were wars: Britain is stronger united, and we'll gladly let you share in the bounties of an empire- but we need your
men to fight for us, and we need your cooperation, and you must accept our rule for the good of the whole.....
Well, Britain no longer has an empire, and there is no more imperial prosperity for Scotland to share in, and there are no more great wars threatening
the British people.
There was modernization and industrialization, and the extensive economic growth that comes with it: Scotland is backward, remote, and poor. We will
modernize you, bring you into the modern era and you will reap the benefits of the industrial age, but you must play by our rules....
Well, England can no longer offer economic prosperity, it is no longer theirs to give. Scotland doesn't need England's guidance. It's somewhat of
an insult to my mind, that they think you cannot prosper on your own. As if they think you are still just a bunch of rustic, simple-minded,
provincial crofters farming oats and raising beef.
And don't forget: it was necessity, because you had no choice. Don't forget Culloden, don't forget how you were cleared out of the glens, and
forced to dwell in some dismal, cramped city choked with fumes, and to labor in some grim industrial hellhole, away from the green vales and foggy
moors you called home. Don't forget how they sent the folk in chains to some far-flung, desolate colony thousands of miles away, to toil in service
of the British crown. Some of those people and their families had been living in those same valleys for hundreds, maybe thousands of years, it was the
only home they knew, only to be forced out, never to return. And don't forget how your language was nearly taken from you, and Scots-Gaelic is now
relegated to being learnt and spoken as some kind of rare novelty.
And even through it all, Scotland was still the last place to be conquered in the British Isles. No hostile foreigner had stepped foot into those
highlands and made it out unscathed, before Culloden in 1746. While Normans were prancing around unchecked all through Ireland and Wales in the 13th
century, conquering as they went, they were allowed into Scotland only with the Scottish King's permission. It was a full 4 centuries before Scotland
was ever subdued in the way that Ireland and Wales were long before. Don't forget this.
I know a lot of this would seem to refer to “highlanders”, as far as specific references, and I know that not all Scots lived in a clan-based
society at that time (Scotland of course adopted a feudal system in the lowlands many centuries before during Canmore's reign, like the rest of
western Europe). But aren't all Scots highlanders at heart? Weren't they the purest expression of your people and culture, free of the influence of
foreign Saxons, Normans, Danes, and whoever else?
Ironically, the first man to unite the crowns of Scotland and England, King James, was a Scotsman himself. Doesn't this give the Scots the right to
withdraw from the union when and how they see fit?
You don't 'need' the UK any longer. Don't forget, they may have given you prosperity for a time, but they also tried to take your pride, and to
reduce you and even destroy you as a unique and separate folk.
This is coming from an ignorant colonial of partial Scottish descent, who happens to love your country. Sorry if this was a bit melodramatic and
over-the-top, but I just really want to see Scotland succeed. I want Scots to remain Scots, not just some quaint folk living up north with an
interesting dialect. I want Scotland to remain Scotland, not just a vacationing destination for people down south who want to get in touch with their
“Celtic” side, as if those ancient Highland vales are a just a f*cking tourist attraction for jaded old aristocrats to build mansions on.
Now, this is not meant to be spiteful or provocative towards the English in any way. I greatly admire England as a nation, and I obviously recognize
the close kinship they share with the Scots. I revere my English ancestry just as I revere the Scottish. But this isn't about England. This is about
Anyway, good luck to my Scottish brothers and sisters, however it turns out.