I think Jimmah summed up the reasons for voting Yes quite well, here:
I’m voting “Yes” to Scottish independence.
We’ve had enough of being told that we aren’t strong enough, smart enough or well-connected enough to stand on our own. Enough of being told that we need to have our goverment decided for us by a mass of reactionary Daily Mail readers in England, whose politics and interests are not our own.
Enough also, of putting our faith in the prospect of Labour regaining power - under the influence of the aforemention ‘megablob’ of Conservative/UKIP nutjobs in England they have become nothing more than a lite version of the Conservatives, abandoning the working class and even incorporating some of UKIPS anti-immigration hysterics.
Over the last seven years or so, Alex Salmonds SNP government has, using the limited devolved powers available to it, protected Scotland from some of the excesses of Tory austerity - for example, we do not have to pay medical prescription charges and our students do not have to pay the massive increase in tuition fees (300%!) that students in the rest of the UK do. But we still have to pay the hated ‘bedroom tax’ that the Tories brought in to economically cleanse the poor from anywhere that’s remotely nice to live in, and the NHS and the rest of the welfare state is being dismantled as fast as the the Tories nasty greedy little fingers can manage.
The only real way to save our way of life is to disconnect ourselves once and for all from this madness that WE NEVER VOTE FOR and create a new country of our own design, one that speaks to our values and represents our interests.
On the 18th september, I hope that the majority of the people of Scotland will not be swayed by the grotesquely skewed bias of the press (not ONE national daily newspaper published in Scotland supports the YES vote) and will have the courage to shrug off (and indeed put an end to, at least in it’s present form) the ugly undemocratic mess that ‘Great Britain’ has become.
Read more at littlegreenfootballs.com
There are many reasons for a scot to be for independence, but I recognise that Americans and others might not be aware of the issues informing the debate. I recommend this piece from Yes Scotland with its breakdown of the rationale for undecideds— it’s a good overview of the general issues.
I would normally at this point post a similar piece from the No campaign, but there ARE NONE— and polls have shown that the more someone knows about the issues, the more likely they are to vote yes. So the No campaigners are highly invested in quashing all discussion; that’s just how they roll.
Cheers folks. Remember, Aye or Die! :-0