Well, the have-nots triumphed over the haves yesterday in Scotland.
In what may prove to be a blow to lo-fo voting for a lifetime, the Scots all managed to educate themselves enough to cast their vote for their pocketbooks. In what turned out to be a coalition of the “haves” – who figured independence meant they’d have to support all the “have-nots” in Scotland – and the “have nots” – who figured they may not continue to get all their freebies if they voted to cut the cord that binds – the Scots rejected independence by a 55% – 45% margin.
In all, 85% of voting age Scots managed to get out the vote. Unlike here, where only 50-54% of eligible voters actually bother to turn out – including the un-dead who wake every 4 years to make their voices heard too. So while the people of Scotland will continue to argue about this vote for years to come, at least the vast majority of them actually voted, unlike in America where voting is no longer a requirement for shooting your mouth off about what’s happening in Washington.
It probably won’t make Scots who voted “yes” feel any better to know that Big Guy thinks they were on the wrong side of history, as proclaimed in his official tweet against independence (big surprise):
Because, you know, freedom is so overrated. Anyway, some Brits took exception to BHO’s tweet because, uh, you know…the American War of Independence 1775-1782! I don’t think the tweet technically qualified as a protocol breech (our protocol manual needs to be updated to include tweeting) but it did cause a bit of a stir.
I guess Scots just aren’t what they used to be:
And the good news? As I mentioned, there were very few lo-fo voters here; the takers voted to stay with Mother England and her economic heft while current and future makers voted for independence. Thereby demonstrating once again the Achilles heel of democracy:
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. – Alexander Fraser Tytler, Scotsman
Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network