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WHY am I for SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE? It’s a LONG STORY!

I would if I were voting Thursday vote YES for independence.  Not for many of the YES reasons:  I don’t believe in socialized medicine.  I am not a liberal.  I believe the leaders of Scotland are very comfortable with the EU mandates.  I like the Tories better than Labour (although UKIP is my favorite party).

But it goes back to my childhood.  My grandmother became a widow at something like 57 years old.  Grandma Belle was  a very intelligent woman who was not going to sit around and wait to die years later.  So she met a wonderful man, James Maxton, who was from Scotland and moved to the US as a teenager and thought Scotland was wonderful but USA was the land of opportunity.  He became an American citizen.  Jim Maxton got my grandmother an honorary membership in the local Robert Burns club and that is where I started to learn about Scotland.  Alas Jim too died of cancer several years later.  But my grandmother was always involved in the Burns club and eventually…

…when I lived briefly with Grandma Belle after law school, I was going with her to Burns events, seeing men in kilts, hearing Scottish music, learning the Scottish Country Dancing, and I decided that Scotland was a wonderful nation and ought to be someday independent.  But I never thought it would happen.  Now it can happen.

People should vote like this:  If you consider yourself British, but happen to be a Scot, then you should vote NO.  But if you see yourself as a Scot first, then you should vote YES.  Don’t worry about economics or scare tactics.  Yes there will be some hardship.  We faced it in the USA.  Most new nations have hardship.  But you will overcome it.  Scotland will probably have a central bank, its own currency (Scottish sterling at first and then either the Euro or a dollar like Canada and Australia), its own media, and can still have a friendship with the UK and generally support it abroad.  Scotland will have its own Olympic team (I would think the Scots curlers would give Canada a run for its money and the Scots women curlers will be better looking too!  🙂  ), a seat at the UN, can avoid useless wars, be nuke free if they want (I don’t see why Scotland couldn’t charge rent for the Trident site to the UK – another source of funds), and have a voice in world affairs.  BUT you will make YOUR OWN decisions.  Whether I agree or not.

Someday, there will be (I might not live to see it) a libertarian renaissance in Scotland that cannot happen unless there is independence.  The Scots will not vote Tory and they might not like the Unionist bent of UKIP.  That surge for liberty can only occur if the issue of the nationhood of Scotland is resolved.  Scotland is a nation.  A people group.  With a rich history and culture.  You already have a body of law, a church (The Church of Scotland) and banks that produce their own banknotes.  Now it is time for Scotland to be a nation.  The YES people can use this blog post as they see fit.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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