11 September 2014

Secession's Making A Comeback - Thanks To Scotland?

Yes, according to the New York Times:
In some cases, the referendum in Scotland is fueling new hopes, however improbable, among separatist fringe groups. When the president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, Daniel Miller, was invited to the University of Stirling in Scotland this year, he said the Scots were paving the way for an independent Texas. In others, the vote is re-energizing debates with considerable geopolitical importance. 
In Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory even though Taiwan is effectively independent with its own currency, military and democratically elected government, some hope a Scottish “yes” vote could prompt a more careful deliberation over the island’s future.
Wang Dan, a student leader in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, wrote in a recent column for Taiwan’s Apple Daily, “If the Scottish vote succeeds, it will be worth considering by those who advocate deciding Taiwan’s status through a referendum.”
Those "damn Scotsmen" are always just wanting to be left alone:
The first shot fired in the American Wars of Independence is said to have been from a Scottish Doune pistol.

It is thought that as many as twenty one, maybe more, of the men who signed the American Declaration of Independence had Scottish blood. Two of the signatories, John Witherspoon (the only clergyman to sign) and James Wilson were both born in Scotland. Among the signatories who had Scottish forebears were, Thomas Jefferson,Thomas McKean, Francis Lewis, Phillip Livingstone, George Ross and Benjamin Rush.


(Thomas) Woodrow Wilson 1856 - 1924, twenty eighth president of the United States once said - "Every line of strength in American history is a line coloured with Scottish blood."

Kind of makes you proud doesn't it.
Indeed it does, indeed it does.

9 comments:

E.J. DAgrosa said...

I don't know, as someone who resides in TX, though I'm no fan of the current president and his administration, or think that much of D.C. has lost its mind...I'm still not sure I am ready to secede just yet.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

EJ - thanks for the comment. As I've noted before, I'm no advocate of secession either, despite what is becoming impossible polarization. I do tongue in cheek muse about it occasionally, but if you look around the world (and here), there's undeniably something in the air these days. Suggesting it "could not happen here" as some have, is rather naive.

I long for the days when the U.S., more or less, had common values and a national pride in where we've come from and our founding principles. That's what I was taught in school - that is no longer the case.

E.J. DAgrosa said...

Oh, I know you're not an advocate of secession and I do agree with you on the political climate. The increased polarization is becoming, I think strikingly reminiscent of those days before the civil war. I've been saying for years, like since the mid-90's that this country is ripe for another civil war.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Its reminiscent of the '60's, except the radicals are now the establishment.

ropelight said...

There's just something about that saltire flag, it seems to possess some inexplicable mysterious power to reach deep into the minds of men and to awaken an insatiable thirst to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them...

Maybe it's all that sodium. Na, that couldn't be it.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

RL - yes, it does seem to have mystical powers, doesn't it?

E.J. DAgrosa said...

ropelight has a point. I do find myself somehow feeling very independent every time I hear "Scotland the Brave", or watch "Braveheart".

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Well you might get a charge tomorrow then!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Newsflash: If you're going to show up here with a chip on your soldier and a snarky comment making baseless accusations - don't bother. Your comment will (and has been) deleted.