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By:John Seiler | September 18, 2014

I hope I’m not mangling the French in my title, “Vive l'Écosse Libre!” It’s a gloss on de Gaulle’s shout at Montreal City Hall on July 24, 1967, “Vive le Québec libre!

Canadians sure would have been better off if Quebec had separated in 1967. Then the odious socialist and politically correct Pierre Trudeau never would have become PM of Canada the next year, only perhaps of Quebec. So he never would have wrecked the Great White North, which until him actually was more conservative in almost every way than the United States.

Scotland also would be better off voting Thursday to separate from today’s Orwellian, Blairite Cool Britannia tyranny. In fact, it’s chillingly Orwellian that Blair himself is a Scot who sought revenge on the English; and that Orwell’s real name was Eric Blair. And since his departure from office, Sir Phony Tony, who resembles O’Brien in “1984,” has become an oligarch worth at least $35 million, paid off by the special interests he advanced while in power.

The Scots are far more left-wing than the English. But that could change should they disconnect from the more lucrative UK welfare state. The Scots remain notorious for frugality. A couple of years ago some friends of and I were reading some medieval philosophy – it might have been St. Thomas Aquinas, or a biography of Duns Scotus. We chuckled when someone back around 750 years ago joked that Scots were cheapskates. And that was long before Calvinism.

The Scots also would free themselves from the UK’s defense burden, currently 2.3 percent of GDP. What is the UK afraid of, another invasion by the Armada? Of course, the UK still has pretensions of global empire, and of being America’s poodle. By comparison. America’s “defense” spending is 3.8 percent of GDP and Canada’s is 1 percent. The Canucks, at least 15 percent of whom are Scots (more before recent non-European immigration), know that should Vladimir Putin ski across the Arctic Circle, America would repulse him.

Likewise, the Scots could have no military at all, like Costa Rica, and not be the worse for it. Scots who wished to keep up their clannish warlike traditions, which have added so much to UK and US valor, could join those countries’ militaries.

Of course, independence is no bowl of haggis. Every Latin American country botched its independence. The United States’ “free and independent states” of the Declaration have turned into satrapies of the oligarchical autocracy at the misnamed Washington, D.C.

An Independent Scotland would become part of the EU, whose bureaucracy is even worse than that of the UK. But the EU itself is starting to fragment, as the part-Scot Pat Buchanan noted, as nationalist movements across the continent rebel against Brussels’ bureaucratic tyrannies and the influx of unassimilable immigrants.

Worst of all, the Scottish independence movement for now seems to be even more in favor of allowing in non-British Isles immigrants than London already is. writes: “As a member of the EU, Scotland would continue to welcome EU nationals exercising their treaty rights as workers, or in other categories, just as people from Scotland are free to move elsewhere.

“On asylum, the Scottish Government suggests a new Scottish Asylum Agency would oversee a robust and humane application process for those seeking refuge from persecution….”

So in a couple decades, a Free Scotland could become non-Scottish. Then what’s the point, Jock?

Despite all that, I’m still hoisting a glass or two this evening of choice Single Malt to the independence of Scotland, especially to the greatest Scot I knew, Russell Kirk, with this toast of their people:

If there is righteousness in the heart,

there will be beauty in the character.

If there is beauty in the character,

there will be harmony in the home.

If there is harmony in the home,

there will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,

there will be peace in the world.

So let it be!



Clyde Wilson
9/18/2014 08:49 PM

  A free Scotland will leave England short on brains and bravery

David Smith
Montgomery County
9/19/2014 03:53 PM

  I confess to being very disappointed in the referendum's result. Again, though, I suppose it is still a sign of encouragement that such a large proportion of Scots did indeed vote Yes. Forces for liberty don't necessarily need to be majorities in order to ultimately prevail. While I view my cousins' across the pond still with the affinity that a shared history, culture, and traditions bring, three-hundred years have past since we cast our lot here on America's shores; the old ones will have to do what they think is in their best interests now. My sentimental attachments and desires are of little real importance. Still, AARRGGHH!!!

robert m. peters
9/20/2014 03:13 AM

  Mr. Smith, It is AARRGGHH!! for me as well. I had, until about one year ago, come to terms with the apparent fact that the empire nurtured by Hamilton, Story, Webster and others and born in the incarnation of Lincoln and the Republican party as a foul cocktrice which destroyed through war two unions of constitutionally federated republics, namely the Union of the United States and the Union of the Confederate States, and replaced them with a Hobbesian state which is an artificial corporation with a monopoly on coercion, with the means to define the limits of its own power and which is animated by a powerful will, be that will one of a dictator, an oligarchy, or a democratic majority manipulated by elites, an empire which after WWII and the Cold War shed its nationalist guise and has gone global through NATO, the EU, the IMF, the World Bank, etc., would long outlast me, with its ultimate demise coming long after I had passed from this world, a demise with the promise of either a transient chance for good or for a greater evil which might be worse that the empire itself. At least, if ever so brief, there would be a little hope. About a year ago, however, I thought to see forces afoot in Russia and in the separatist movements across Europe which might bring the empire which "drove Ol' Dixie down" to an end in my lifetime. Now with what seems to be a collapse of Russian resolve in the Ukraine, although I could be mistaken, and with the outcome of the election for independence in Scotland, rigged or not, for the outcome it is, I have turned to my resigned view of a year ago, that I will die before the empire dies. Many will suffer greatly in its years of death and at its dying, likely my own offspring as well a millions of others. So, AARRGGHH!! it is. As a Christian, I must, however, close on this note of hope from Gen. Lee, "The march of Providence is slow, and our desires so impatient,...." So I can close with "Deo vindice."

David Smith
Montgomery County
9/21/2014 09:26 PM

  Admittedly, Dr. Peters, I teeter between hope and despair, either with a tendency to proclaim a premature victory for the forces of freedom, or to sink into the doldrums because it all isn't moving fast enough for me. God has His own plans and His own timetable; Oh, how I need that lesson reinforced over and over again! Still, even Leviathan has limits, and, while they may be further out there in the future than we'd like, they also may manifest themselves with a suddenness that'll leave all our heads spinning! I guess the point is to keep our hope firmly in Him who holds all of history in His hands. I guess nearly fifty-four years isn't enough to have all this mastered yet!

Steve Miroy
9/25/2014 01:30 AM

  Well, despite the best efforts of election judges the Scots decided to stick it out -- until the next election. I was hoping they'd secede so that Yorkshire would become the official land of complaining drunkards.


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