In my previous two articles, ‘The Lion is Rampant’ and ‘Empowering the People'(Now Retitled ‘Power to the People’) addressed both the Sovereignty of our people and the empowerment of our people through the medium of Direct Democracy.
It was interesting from my perspective to see how these articles were received.
The first article ‘The Lion is Rampant’ seemed to strike a chord and got a huge response. This told me that many out there can grasp and appreciate the concept of popular sovereignty very easily, and are happy to retain the historic mantle of sovereignty, which is our right and has never been reputed.
The second article ’empowering the people’ received at best, a rather lukewarm response. It would seem to me then, that while people are happy with their popular sovereignty, they have no desire to exercise that sovereignty through Direct Democracy,which in my view is a great opportunity missed.
This all brought me to wondering, why does once concept attract many responses and much enthusiasm,while the other brings next to no response at all,and a minuscule amount of enthusiasm?
There are various suggestions that come to mind. The first being that we are are happy to have the power, but we just can’t be bothered using it. Or we have the power and we are content to let others do the work for us. If either is the case, then hell mend us if that abrogation of power or that casual delegation of power does not bring us the the result we wish, for we have effectively abdicated our own responsibilities.
It really is the easiest thing in the world to do, handing over responsibility to someone else and say, ‘Oh they can do that,I can’t be bothered’ It is also the easiest thing in the world to do,when we then criticise and complain if they cannot achieve our wishes for some reason, or if they don’t deliver exactly what we want.
There are many voices heard in every medium of life in Scotland, who are now arguing very strongly for Scottish Independence. Many of these voices can be found all over the Internet, Bloggers, Comment responders on articles, on line magazines, facebook groups and pages,and on twitter. The now famous CyberNats. Each and every one fighting tooth and nail to win the argument for Scottish Independence.
Many of these CyberNats have no particular affiliation, many of them possibly represent a mix of political affiliations. The one thing they have in common is that they believe passionately in the cause of Scottish Independence, and they are so feared that major political parties try to vainly attack them,and BBC Scotland has put up a Red Flag to prevent them from debunking their often biased online commentary.
With such massively effective online resistance fighters, it cannot be said that Scots do not feel passionate about the cause, but I cannot help feeling that we are still running short.
When you look at how this campaign is going to be run, it is without doubt that the Media have signalled their intent to place Three versus One in TV and Radio discussions, we simply cannot let them get away with such a tactic. Yet they will,as long as we stay silent as a body and allow it. We would be more than daft to let them get away with it. There is no point in writing or phoning in to complain,as many have experienced, you will get fobbed off with some platitudes and they will carry on regardless. Individually we are powerless to stop it. As a Body, we are anything but powerless, we are powerful!
Which all leads to why I was arguing the case for Direct Democracy yesterday.
In every part of the world,many times in history,where there has been regime change or Independence, there has been a popular movement.On almost all occasions that popular movement has been the reason why change has occurred. Political parties have ridden with it and seen the objectives achieved because of it. There is a limit as to how far any political party can go at any time,even the most powerful of them are limited to some extent. It is the people themselves who have exercised their voice to instigate the change they want. It is the Movement of people all working together which has changed the landscape. Every time there is a movement of people with different views, different politics,different perspectives,all coming together to speak as One, on a Singularly important issue, they have been the winners. It is Democracy in its most basic and powerful form.
I am not suggesting that we all need to take to the streets quite yet, or even at all. At present we don’t need to make our voice heard quite as much as that. But we do need to get organised now!
We need to be able to bring all our supporters of Independence groups together.
Whether these groups are political, SNP, SSP,Greens, Independents,Independence supporters of Labour and Liberal parties,because there are those of them too,who are being let down by their parties Unionist stance.
Or whether it be Individuals who are non political but desire an Independent Scotland, or Republicans and Royalists who have their own disparate vision of what an Independent Scotland will look like,but primarily want that Independence.
We then have all the Bloggers,OnLine News groups,political commentators, trade Unionists, Churches, Everybody!
By making One Body which can represent all of our disparate but Independent voices, where all Independence supporters are welcome, we create from many smaller voices, ONE GREAT VOICE….Our Voice!
All we need for this Democratic Movement Is for people to get enthused, to not pass the buck, to take personal responsibility in order to achieve collective power.
We need firstly a small group to get together,when we have that,we can then move forwards and create the means for our Voice to be heard. Then, when the likes of the Mainstream Media try to marginalise our elected Scottish Government in argument or debate,they will be shot down!
When Westminster try to interfere, dare they have the guts to take on at the very least 50% of the Scottish people?
But first we need to make a start, and we need but a few strategically placed people to do it. Once the snowball starts to roll,it gains mass, which in turn creates the Avalanche.
When the Independence Referendum comes round, will we have been able to say that we did our very best,and could do no more. Or will we shrug our shoulders and say, I couldn’t really be bothered. The choice is ours,we can have it if we really want it, but do not moan if we don’t get it,and you have not tried a leg to achieve it.
To win the prize, one has to put in the effort.
The Question is, How much do you want it? How hard are you going to work to achieve it?
Not everybody will agree with my vision for a collective voice,and that is fair enough. Many will choose to do their own thing,and that too is welcome.
I only have one voice, and its my voice,and I will continue to use it, but I wish for a larger voice for us all yet,and that requires others to agree to work together to create it.