Often Go Awry"
In the past several years, I have written nearly 50-articles on the issue of Scotland voting for independence vote, which took place on September 18, 2014. Interestingly, during that timeframe, I wrote about the same number of articles addressing Myanmar/Burma independence movement away from that country's military dictatorship.
The Scottish independence movement lost by 10% of the votes cast to those that wanted to remain a part of the UK. While many Scots who wanted independence are mourning their recent loss, allow me to suggest that the future of a free Scotland is still alive and well. Having done a year of post-graduate work at the University of Edinburgh decades ago and recently returned for a month of research in Scotland prior to the vote, I have several insights that might address positively a yes vote in the near future.
It was Robert Burns who wrote a famous poem in 1785 entitled, To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough. While most Americans do not know this not so famous title, they all know this famous line.
Even though I lived in Scotland in the late 60s, I could not translate his words into present-day English. We have even edited the translation to an even more updated version, "The best-laid plans of mice and men / Often go awry." Nevertheless, Burns was correct and the Scots have had his warning for over 200 years. Therefore, let us look at what we can learn from the less than successful best-laid plans for Scottish independence.
However, times have changed. Scotland will soon change governance and the map. Presently, this is all that remains of the UK: Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England along with a bunch of islands and a part of the Antarctic. If Better Together, which was the Unionist's slogan, why did all the other countries exit the UK? Apparently, it was not better together for them.
Francis Hutcheson provided a philosophical basis for resisting English rule. Of the 56-signers of the Declaration of Independence, 19 of them were from Scotland or Ulster. That is a third of the signers. In addition, John Paul Jones was the father of our navy came from Scotland. There were other generals who were Scots: Henry Knox, William Alexander, and Hugh Mercer. Even though Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were not Scottish, their thoughts and ideas were informed by the Scots.
I promised a friend of mine in Glasgow, Doug Norris, that I would return again when Scotland became independent. I assumed that it would have been last month. However, "The best-laid plans of mice and men / Often go awry." Nonetheless, at 71-years of age, I still plan to return to a free Scotland in my lifetime. I am planning on it.
This video clip is Robert Burns' famous poem, To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough.
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