06 June, 2012

Secession Declaration for Scotland?

In a recent article on The Independent Institute the upcoming Parliamentary consideration for the recognition of a free and independent Scotland is being discussed.  Personally I could not be more supportive of any movement, with the sole exception being a free and independent South.

You see, what the Scottish people have been struggling for for over 600 years is the same thing Southern Americans wanted in 1861.  They want to make their own decisions.  They want to be governed by a government of their own choosing, they want their resources to be expended on their own interests and they want to enjoy the fruits of their own labours, rather than being legislated into poverty by the mandates of people with who their only bond is being hoarded under the same federality.

An excerpt from the Declaration:

I believe that it is fundamentally better for us all, if decisions about Scotland's future are taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is, by the people of Scotland.

Being independent means Scotland's future will be in Scotland's hands.

There is no doubt that Scotland has great potential. We are blessed with talent, resources and creativity. We have the opportunity to make our nation a better place to live, for this and future generations. We can build a greener, fairer and more prosperous society that is stronger and more successful than it is today.

I want a Scotland that speaks with her own voice and makes her own unique contribution to the world: a Scotland that stands alongside the other nations on these isles, as an independent nation.

If you have the literal skills, you could EASILY substitute the word "Dixie" for the word "Scotland" in the above passage and it reads EXACTLY THE SAME.  The argument for independence is nearly spot-on identical.  The South is blessed with talent, resources and creativity.  Without the union hegemony we would have the opportunity to make our country a better place to live for this and future generations.  We could build a greener, fairer and more prosperous society.  We could speak with our OWN VOICE and make our own unique contribution to the world.  Our future would be in OUR HANDS.

Who wouldn't want that for themselves?  Their families?  Their countrymen?

In far-flung corners of the world, the united State sends legions of soldiers to aid other countries in securing independence from governments or regimes that oppress and subjugate their people, but when you mention it here people immediately think you want to reinstate chattel slavery and live on cotton plantations.

Nothing could be further from the truth - and seeing Scotland vying for liberty from the British Crown (and doing so both politically AND peacefully) gives great hope to the potential for a similarly successful venture in the South, or ANYWHERE where people do not wish to continue under the government which they suffer.