Thursday, September 18, 2014
“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose; Nothing ain’t worth nothing, but it’s free.” Those lines are the chorus of what classic song? Extra points for naming the singer and double extra points if you can name the songwriter. A hint – both are from Texas. And I think you should know this because I think I have used it as an opening before. I do not know if the Scots are singing this while waiting in in line at the polls. Scotland is voting today whether to go it alone or stay with England as part of the United Kingdom. It is a most controversial issue. Even Queen Elizabeth has gone to stay in her castle in Scotland. I suppose her sheer presence in the country will help swing the vote to the English. I am not seeing Liz passing out flyers at the polling places. After this many years of revolutions against British rule, I suppose England can learn from its history of other freedom experiences. For example, the United States, formerly known as The Colonies, fought a war for its independence. The English starved the Irish to death, but the Irish would not go away. Then there is India, with the black Hole of Calcutta, tea and cricket leaving a lasting legacy. But if Scotland votes to become an independent country, what will happen to the United Kingdom? Will it be England, Wales and Northern Ireland? The Trio of Protestants? Will it just be The Kingdom? I suppose we will wait for the vote. Meanwhile, Janis Joplin from Port Arthur sang the song and Kris Kristofferson, the songwriter, is from Brownsville. Maybe Kristofferson can pen a new national anthem if the Scots separate from England. Maybe Me and Bobby McGee will be the national anthem! I like it. It has a certain Scottish ring to it. Here’s to freedom.