Because this is not going away.
Rebellious Scots will not be crushed. Regardless of the referendum outcome.
I sincerely hope that everyone who is eligible to vote, does infact vote. I hope that the outcome is a resounding YES! I hope that those who still have not "really looked into it yet" give themselves a shake and actually look into it, properly, because a percentage of the population who are sleepwalking zombies, making their decision based on "couldnae be arsed" shouldn't be allowed to vote.
But what if there is a No vote? What then?
Will we have to wait another 35 years for a shot at another referendum? Will we be ALLOWED another referendum? Will we get another chance for a democratic choice to be independent? A cross in a box on a ballot paper is all we are asked to do. No war, no bloodshed, no death. Just pencil and paper.
This genie is well and truly out the bottle and no-one can possibly hope to put it back in. I dare them to even try. The number of people, everyday ordinary people, involved in the debate, online and in person, is phenomenal. At no other time in our history, have so many people actively engaged in politics. In politics affecting them, their lives and their futures. Social media has played a massive part in this, from Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, on-line news such as Wings, Scotnet, Bella, to grassroots campaigns and festivities, involving the general population etc, that the traditional methods of news print and television have not been able to censor or enforce bias upon. The younger generation are involved and are passionate. Are they honestly just going to walk way on 19th September and continue "as you were"? I don't think so.
Once the reality of a No vote hits home - the prediction of the general election being another coalition, only this time Tory/Ukip, where we already know that Nigel Farage is no Nick Clegg, and has already been quite vocal in his desire to abolish the Scottish Parliament (and the Welsh and N.Irish Assemblies). Once the Barnett Formula has been either tossed or recalculated and we receive less money from the our Block Grant from Westminster, to spend in Scotland on Scotland. Once the NHS in England and Wales has been fully privatised and in around 10 years, the Scottish NHS ceases to exists as we know it, and we can no longer afford to treat our illnesses and health conditions. Once the welfare state has been squeezed to its very last penny, and the most vulnerable and needy in society are back in the workhouse (well, where else are they going to go?). Once the millions spent on Trident are spent. Once we are out of Europe, regardless of whether we want to be or not. Need I go on? Once the realisation of a No vote, of the illusion of Devo max has dissolved, will people then decide, that ok, that was the wrong decision. Yes was they way. Will it be too late?
Spare us the bleak future of the UK and think about the possibility of a better Scotland. It will be hard, it will take time to build a new country to stand on her own two feet. We will make mistakes and will learn from them. But lets not make the biggest mistake and let this opportunity slip through our fingers. Why risk a No vote now, to regret it later? Make Scotland now, get this country up and running properly, why wait for later, after suffering at the hands of Westminster rule for long enough, we don't need to any more.
Why Yes? Because this is our chance, it might not come back until goodness knows when. There is fire in the belly of those who believe we can, and it wont be extinguished by a No vote, a vote of No confidence in ourselves (how sad and deeply depressing). This fire will grow and keep going until we get our independence. Why wait?
The best things come to those who wait? Bollocks. The best things come to those who create. And work hard and DO. So lets get on and do this. Lets create our lives our country our future.
Because we can and we will!