"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."Fine ideals for an impressive man and ironically for a committed believer in independence Abe was a unionist: Lincoln guided the fragmented America through a civil war, successfully uniting disparate states and ideologies for the first time since independence - setting the United States on a course to become the dominant force in world politics, founded on, as he said in his Gettysburg Address
Lincoln understood the strength to be derived from the creation of a united America, diversity was something to be embraced and he created a stable political system with strong representative federal and local government, and maintained a low profile as a President - leaving Congress to write the laws while he signed them.
government: of the people, by the people, for the people
At this time of nationalist separatist politics I see no real debate in the UK, and believe me we need it. Westminster is devoid of politicians who put a convincing, compelling argument in favour of the strength of our union of disparate states. In fact it would appear that our politicians are obsessed with reductive inward socio-political segregation. I wish I had a buck for every middle England, the north, the south, nationalist, 'why we are different' political statement I hear or read - I'd buy a ticket out of here.
The result of the next general election, a Conservative victory I have no doubt, will only help further alienate the Scottish electorate and reinforce the nationalist sentiment (sen-ti-ment, noun: A thought, view, or attitude, especially one based mainly on emotion instead of reason). Without a popular and convincing advocate for a United Kingdom in Holyrood or Westminster, I fear the election of a Conservative UK government will gift the SNP all it wants, irrespective of the rights and wrongs of separation. The National Conversation is a discussion premised on independence, I can see no real debate - where are the advocates for the other side of the argument, you know - the benefits of the Union?
Without proper debate we may be making the biggest mistake in Scottish and British history, will the Scottish Abe Lincoln please step up?