Were I in Scotland today and were I Scottish, I probably would vote to break the "eternal" ties with England and the U.K., but I doubt that will happen (latest polls have "No" leading by six points or so).
In fact, I was in Montreal the weekend leading up to the historic vote there in 1999, the time when Quebecers came within half a percent of taking the first step to move away from Canada.
I would not have voted to move Quebec out of Montreal, but then the Canadians don't have quite the imperialistic history that the Brits do. I've always believed that many of the problems of the modern world (at least the 19th and 20th century world) were either a direct or indirect result of British imperialism.
Two points must be made.
The closer a people get to separation, the more qualms seem to set in; that's a big plus for the "no" side.
However, predictions of problems should the yes side prevail are highly overrated, to the point of fear mongering by the big wigs in London. Not much will happen to hurt England or Scotland should the yes side prevail, and American interests are virtually non-existent; in other words, they're vastly exaggerated.
Recent documentation has come out showing how President Bill Clinton was working behind the scenes for the No vote in Quebec and was making contingency plans for the possibility that Yes passed. All indications today are that Quebecers are pleased with their narrow decision 15 years ago, so much so that the Parti Quebecois, the separatists, was thrown out of office at the provincial level earlier this year, and there's ZERO talk of calling for another referendum any time soon.
The United States should not have been involved in Canadian/Quebec internal politics, and the United States should not be involved in internal UK/Scottish affairs, but our leaders in Washington just can't seem to avoid getting involved in simply everything.
Like it was up to Quebecers to decided, it's solely up to Scots to decide.
Actually, other than Quebec, splits have been quite common recently. I'll never forget I was sitting in my eastern Berlin third floor apartment listening to the BBC (and watching fireworks exploding below), at the stroke of midnight December 31, 1992 when Czechoslovakia dissolved, entirely peacefully, into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. I was actually doing a bit of filming at the time and intoned, “Czechoslovakia is no more.”
The dissolution of Yugoslavia was hardly as peaceful, but it seems to have worked out well.
One nation, now and forever (a Daniel Webster phrase) represents more overblown rhetoric than political reality.
People (or a people) should have the right to decide their fate.
As surprising as it may sound, I most likely would have opted to let the south go its separate way in 1861 rather than fight a civil war.
While I most likely would vote Yes today were I a Scotsman, I am not a Scotsman, and it's really none of my business.