Today is not the day I expected or filled with the news that I wanted. Scotland has spoken with an election of an unheard of turnout of almost 85% of the registered voters. The “No” voters were victorious in their vote to remain in the United Kingdom of Britain. In my humble opinion it was a case of fear of the uncertainty that was the impetus of that vote, questions of the currency, pensions and health care pushed out the desire of being, completely autonomous, nuclear weapon free, and a shift to a more Western European socialist country.
There was so much hope and anticipation held up by the “YES” voters that is dashed this morning. So much mourning, anger and finally acceptance. This was a deep and personal loss for people who have given this campaign their life, some for almost 2 years. The big push began about 6 months. Grief instead of joy has to be endured and finally embraced now, instead of the joy of victory.
Prime Minister Cameron, in the last week, was nervous enough of losing Scotland that he made some very strong promises to give her more powers and more self-rule in her governing. And even this morning, he is promising the same devolution to Wales, Britain, and North Ireland. He said this for all the world to hear. A reorganization of Great Britain? It sure sounds like that.
So to the “Yes” voters. . . cry your tears, swear your curses, feel disappointed and despondent but never doubt your contribution! Democracy at its best with 85% registered voters voting, a joy, passion , and love for your country for all the world to see and desire to emulate. Your strong sense of justice, and history, and culture. . . . .Yes, you lost this painful battle, so regroup and recharge. hold your heads high, and dream on . . . . you will ultimately win the war for “Freedom.”
What do you think? Were you touched or inspired by these brave Scots?