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The following is a letter written by a US citizen angry about the coverage in the USA of the Scottish independence debate.  The letter is to be sent to several US newspapers.

Newsnet Scotland has received permission to publish the letter here.

Dear Editor/To whom it may concern:

In the past few weeks I have read various articles in American Media talking about the pitfalls to America concerning Scotland's vote for Independence in 2014. I've found them to be, basically, cut and paste fallacies and specious reasonings that could have come right out from Westminster's own playbook to undermine the movement.

Oddly, no one was talking about Scottish Independence much at all until First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron signed the agreement that Scotland can, and will, be holding its vote of Freedom in 2014. It isn't a recent development or movement, but as the day draws closer, American Media's response seems to be turning into, sadly, stereotypical Ugly American cries of "What will happen to us?!?!?".

The movement for Independence in Scotland has been going on for some time, and now with under two years until this historic, and in every way legal, vote by the people of Scotland, we see the media tossing in their two cents; proclaiming the end of the Western World when Scotland becomes an Independent Nation. I can claim no Scottish blood. I have never seen Braveheart. I do not own a kilt. I don't really care for golf. Yes, I do like Bagpipes, Whisky, and banter with my friends, but those are things not only for Scots to enjoy.

What I can say is, I have read and studied upon the topic of Scottish Independence for about a year and a half now. Done some number crunching, comparing, etc. and have found there is no real, honest reason the people of Scotland cannot-let alone should not-be allowed to govern their own affairs and means. Listening to the worries about NATO, The world economy, The Trident Naval base are just the same old tried and failed wailings of spoiled children. When it comes from American media, however, it becomes something much worse.

Scotland can, and will in all likelihood, stay in NATO. Only now, they can dictate what resources and troops to send where, not Westminster. The financial crisis that spread around the globe like a virus was due to American Financial Practises that infected global economies. So far, only Iceland has done any real addressing of the core of the problem in their nation. Scotland does not need to join the Euro. They can continue to use the Pound, or create their own currency. The vastness of their resources give them enough to care for themselves. The Trident Naval base should be closed/moved if the people of Scotland wish it to be. No, the Rooskies will not invade the UK as Chavez meets with Salmond. That's just blatant, unfounded scaremongering at its worst.

The ties historically between America and Scotland are strong and deep. As a nation who proclaims freedom and liberty for all, we surely should stand for the right of a Nation to be free and independent, not pander to Westminster. I proudly support Yes, Scotland! and the Scottish National Party. I believe all Americans should support Scottish Independence, not for what it does for us, but for what it allows Scotland to do for herself. Although there are some Americans who do not support the movement, quite vocally, and it is obvious it is for their own personal gain.

Sincerely,

Glenn Wm. Wymore

Comments  

 
# UpSpake 2012-12-02 09:05
My local newspaper in Southern California had an 'international' section. Most days it contained articles on what was going on in the neighboring states. Once in blue moon, the world, rarely the UK and never, repeat never in all these years, Scotland.
At the local Highland Games 50% of the stands were Irish. I had no problem with that as there were many Scots who came out of the woodwork for the event. Total attendence over two days - 18000. There are a lot of us about but news on Scotland - invisible, as regrettably, will be this letter.
 
 
# kaledonia 2012-12-02 12:45
I see you letter! I live in Inverness, Scotland, and am very glad to know there are Scots all over the world who support the Yes campaign. it was desperation and economic disaster which drove Scots to emigrate to Us, Canada and Australia - I like to think these nations are the better for so many proud, honest, educated and tenacious Scots in their formative years!
 
 
# rhymer 2012-12-02 12:52
O/T. To all. . .

I watched "BRAVE" last night.
It is the new Disney/Pixar with a fondness for independence and is about a magical, medieival Scotland of legend and myth.

It was a rather enjoyable and funny film
with the added attraction of "the Big Yin" and other well-known stars doing the voice- overs.

I recommend it to all.

Jim
 
 
# Gartmore 2012-12-02 18:17
The USA has a fundamental problem - there is no news. The news that it is broadcast tends to be very, very, local and strongly biased. Should Americans want to find out about independence, they are most likely to turn to that paragon of neutrality (so they believe) the BBC. Others will base it on the idea that Scotland wanting independence is just like Texas or the Southern States wanting independence from the rest of the USA. However, they respond positively when given the facts. Perhaps what is needed is a series of articles from pro-independence writers.
 
 
# MAcandroid 2012-12-02 22:56
At least 55,450 Texans want to secede from the Union as they have signed a petition to do just that.
Perhaps that's why Bill Clinton and the newspapers are nervous about showing support for Scottish Independence.
 
 
# JRTomlin 2012-12-03 04:58
Please do not compare the Scottish drive for independence to the racist hysteria following Obama's re-election that led to that petition. And in a population of 25,000,000 Texans, a petition of 55,000 is hardly likely to make Bill Clinton nervous. However, many people in the US do associate a drive for independence with the radical fringe and racists who tend that way in the US. It will take some education to explain the difference. Unfortunately getting decent coverage in the US has been extremely difficult to put it mildly.
 
 
# Cochrane 2012-12-02 18:51
Many of my American friends have expressed similar views to the letter writer above. They also tell me the Americans generally don't give a monkeys about what happens much beyond their own shores, but this is a start. If the Americans are shown the similarities of the what they wanted by the declaration of Independence in 1776 and what Scotland wants today. their voice could make a difference here in 2014.. Maybe the Yes campain should consider some moves on International support. I just sent a few Yes car stickers to friends in Germany, they asked me for them, so some Germans are already willing to show their support, the Americans will too.
 
 
# Davy 2012-12-02 18:54
My gratitude to Mr Glenn Wm Wymore, for having the forbearance, fortitude and sheer guts to stand up to the lies and halftruths being published about our country and its citizens by his media.

It was proberly due to people like Glenn that America gained its independence, the type of people who regardless of the consquences stood up for their country and the rights of all who lived in it.
And thats what I want for Scotland.

Scotland, honourable in both word and deed.

Scotland, fair in spirit and wealth.

Scotland, with "nae limits" on its people and enterprise.


My Thanks to Glenn Wm Wymore who may not be Scots in blood but certainly is in spirit.

Saor Alba Gu Brath.
 
 
# ScotsCanuck 2012-12-02 21:57
Part 1
First of all, well done Mr Wyemore, I salute you and thank you for your support
in our struggle for self-determination.
I’ve personally experienced the misconceptions regarding my nationality from Americans who, for the most part, believe that Scotland is a region of England and/or a sub division of Ireland.
Part of the ignorance of our identity can be attributed to the insular nature of American global awareness however the British establishment, by use of it’s
proxy the BBC, are more than happy to perpetuate this fallacy.
I have pointed out at every opportunity the contribution Scots have made to
The American nation :-
 
 
# Breeks 2012-12-02 22:31
I think it's actually quite fair for the Americans to address Scottish Independence with a degree of trepidation.

They know Scotland might be just a small place, but they'll know it's a rugged little place which won't be bullied and will forever be among the first to 'screw it's courage to the sticking place'.

Support from Scotland for some US endeavours will be harder won than from some places, but in time, it will be all the more precious because of it.

Whatever they might say, when the time comes, the US will respect Scotlands right to self determination. I have every confidence that people like Mr Wymore will see to it.
 
 
# maxstafford 2012-12-02 22:40
Thank you Mr Wyemore, you are a credit to the founding principles of the United States and your support for Scotland will be remembered by this man at least!
 
 
# ScotsCanuck 2012-12-02 23:04
Part 2
The Declaration of Independence, based directly on the Declaration of Arbroath
The founding father of the U.S. Navy, John Paul Jones, during the War of Independence
The Scots who fought (& died) with Crockett, Travis & Bowie at the Alamo.
Better than 90% had no idea but left feeling they knew a little more about their country and mine.
I’ve observed a sea change over the last few months when I’ve been
asked on several occasions, by curious Americans, what did I perceive the outcome of the vote for Independence would be.
Refreshing.
Here in my adopted home of Canada the awareness of the political situation in
Scotland is totally different, almost certainly due to those “of Scottish decent” eager to stay abreast of developments in the “old country” and there are many, like Mr Wymore, who have no Scottish blood but who are “Scottish at Heart” and with us.
 
 
# jinglyjangly 2012-12-03 00:10
There were some americans over in Arran
as part of a small bridal party a copuple of weeks ago.
The bridesmaid was interested in Scottish
Independence and proudly showed me how
she had the BBC on her Iphone, I advised her to use Newsnet Scotland for her Media Source . She was dunfounded that the BBC could not be trusted as an
impartial news source.
So if your reading this Kirsty hope you
enjoyed your vacation on ARRAN !!!
 
 
# src19 2012-12-03 02:11
If you ever read this website and this article may I say thank you Mr Wyemore for your support and such a good letter.
 
 
# scots Highlander 2012-12-03 03:00
Scotland is a submerged Nation, and as such is England's vassal state.
England has already employed a PR Executive, specifically to continuing the silencing of Scotland's voice.

There is a battle to be fought, and we Scots in Hollywood will do our part to regain our political Freedom, and our voice.

Coinneach MacKinnon
 
 
# gus1940 2012-12-03 19:34
O/T

In recent weeks I hae seen several English MP's banging on about the need to appeal to Middle England.

Long may they continue to do so as every time they say it it must meaan a few hundred more potential YES votes.
 
 
# Piemonteis 2012-12-04 20:32
When speaking with US Americans about Scottish independence, I have never got into anything that goes past superficial mutterings on their side.

This is not the case elsewhere in the continent. Chileans, Mexicans, Venezuelans, Argentinians, Guatemaltecos, etc. all engage favourably in these kinds of discussions and understand the importance of national independence. Most have conceptions of Scotland as a separate State in any case, and can't understand how we can share a schizophrenic dual-nationality with the UK.

Not all press or all cultures are as insular as the USA, and we should do our best to utilise this.
 

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