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THE VOTE: Scottish Independence 2014
The world’s eyes are on Scotland this week. No one outside of Scotland is more interested in the outcome of this Thursday’s independence vote than the global Scottish ancestral diaspora.
COSCA does not take a position on the Scottish Indy Referendum. We have members on both sides of the question and rightfully so. We are all seeing an awful lot of media coverage of the debate but who knows what is accurate and what is not. So COSCA has corralled two trusted sources in Scotland to present the case for and against Scottish Independence 2014.
We began on Monday with the case for the YES side thoughtfully presented by the spirited Rodger Moffet of ScotClans. Today we hear from our dear friend Jamie Lord Sempill presenting the case for NO.
Now we know that both of these gentlemen love Scotland as much as anyone and they both want to the best for their nation and people. Yet these two friends see the matter quite differently.
The Case For NO: “For all of its faults Great Britain is a force for good … ”
By Jamie Lord Sempill
For all of its faults, Great Britain, is a force for good, in a world which is becoming less orderly and a lot more dangerous. The history of the last 300 years shows the extraordinary contribution that Britain has made to the modern world. A contribution that includes the promotion of parliamentary democracy, the rule of law, and the freedom of expression. Today, we see these core values under threat, and if there was ever a time to stand fast, it is now.
The Case For YES: “May You Live In Interesting Times”
by Rodger Moffet, ScotClans
“May you live in interesting times”.
This phrase is supposedly translated from a Chinese curse. For ‘interesting’ read troubled and forever in turmoil. Scotland right this minute is an interesting place but its certainly no curse!
I have been a keen observer of politics in Scotland for nearly 40 years; Growing up in the industrial central belt and watching our industries being destroyed or privatised. Later as a student defending the right of free education, apartheid and any other perceived social injustice going, I was always reminded of Marlon Brando’s famous rebut “What are you rebelling against?” “whadda you got?”.
But in 40 years I have never witnessed anything like this. There is a seismic change in Scotland – this is not just about a referendum, it is about a complete change to how people, an entire nation, engage with politics.
Children of the Smoke:
Painting Alban Ribbons
Possibly the most evasive task before the Council of Scottish Clans & Associations is that of painting the colorful unbroken ribbons of Scottish heritage that begin in Scotland, then flow across the Atlantic and eventually into to every nook and cranny across the globe.
The ribbons signify several things. They tell us that we have a heritage – a pretty darn cool heritage. Critically though, the ribbons also connect heritage to humans – to contemporary Scottish Americans. The ribbons signify that we are fundamentally tethered to our past, be it good or ill or both. Heritage is there to educate us and to explain better who we are today – so long as we choose to recognize and embrace it. The greater one’s grasp on one’s own heritage, the greater the insight into one’s personal identity. It’s only common sense but for centuries history (and historians) have conspired against heritage having much impact for Scots. Unlike many other American ethnic cultures, Scottish Americans are still working on it. [Read more ... ]
BIG EXCLUSIVE REPORT OF GOOD STUFF GOING ON:
COSCA’s Most Excellent Trip To Scotland And Grandfather Mountain!
Part 1: Scotland!
For the best part of June and July this year, COSCA was at the forefront of both games of the biggest double header in recent Scottish American history: Scotland’s Homecoming 2014 signature event Bannockburn Live! in Stirling, Scotland followed by the 59th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games back home in North Carolina. Below is the round up of what happened in Scotland. In a nutshell, it was awesome. Absolutely awesome.
Part 2: Grandfather Mountain!
We have said it before and we’ll say it again: It is difficult to beat Grandfather Mountain Highland Games for Scottish American color and pomp. It is truly a spectacle each and every year. 2014 was no different. Fortunately, this year brought much improved weather over the downpours of last year, sunshine ruled and nothing was cancelled!
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