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More Grass Roots Government Worldwide, Inc.
Several websites are brought to you by the Organization, “More Grass Roots
Government Worldwide, Inc.” which advocates more grass roots democratic government
world wide. Direct or “grass roots” democracy involves the voters voting directly on key issues.
That is different from indirect democracy which diverts all key decisions to politicians who may
not fully represent the views of the voters or interpret them properly.
But more direct democracy or grass roots democracy is now readily more available
through the advances in rapid communications technologies. On a practical level, this means
the governments are more connected to the people, as James Madison, a writer of the Constitution named the people as the “fountain of power.”
The website MGRGW.com (More Grass Roots Democracy, etc.) supports the website,
NationalReferendumsnow.com and also Letthepeople.com which is a phrase (Let the people rule)
of Andrew Jackson. And all three websites are for your viewing and are on applying more grass roots
democracy to government.. Visit the sister sites and a link will be there to make it easier for
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About Author James L MacLeod
Of Scots descent, Dr. MacLeod is a Presbyterian minister (retired) who has served churches in the Presbyterian Church, USA, as well as The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, a denominational offshoot of Ebeneezer Erskine, an 18th century Scots preacher.
An author and speaker, some of Dr. MacLeod’s religious books can be found on Kindle. His first book was published in 1985 by the Southern Historical Press. Named “’The Great Dr. Waddel (pronounced waddle.)”, and it studied the career of Moses Waddel, a great American educator who was the 5th President of the University of Georgia, as well as a Presbyterian minister-teacher who early taught his brother-in-law, John C. Calhoun.
Dr. MacLeod has been a friend and pall bearer of the Southern writer, Flannery O’Connor. Some of his recollections of her (which comprise a book he is now working on) are to be found in the “Shenandoah” Literary Magazine, Volume 60, Number 1-2. in Spring/Fall 2010.
Dr. MacLeod, of Scots descent, is an advocate of Scottish Independence. He has here written some patriotic poetry and writings on Scottish Independence. His patriotic poetry, “Bravely, Winds Of Scotland, Blow,” is shown here as well as accompanied by the writer’s commentary.
Dr. MacLeod is not a citizen of Scotland but the USA. Yet, he remarks that may be good, “as an outsider can see what insiders may not as they may be too close to the situation to be objective.”
Dr. MacLeod says that it seems obvious to him that Scotland should be an independent, successful country, like many others whose small size helps the quality of life.(See “devolution.”) These countries are like Norway,Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg, Holland and many others. Like these countries, Scotland will do better, he suggests, as Master of its own destiny.
He says Scotland has learned from but it is now time to exit the period of the English (Babylonian) captivity. Of course that may be difficult at first, but Scotland can be believed to triumph. He also suggests it is obvious that England is on the way down. ( Regard the Midlands. That is due somewhat to the tragic ineptitude of an English government that should be left behind. Do the Scots really want to be chained to the chariot wheels of a seemingly decaying and declining society.)
From the Author
The only materially successful part of the United Kingdom is London. It is the real mover economy behind England. If London, nee England, will let the Midlands happen in England, to their own people, what will they do in Scotland,? (Which is not, never has been, and the English do not think of as “their own people.”)
To put this in terms that Americans may understand: the Midlands are the Detroit of England. If the U.K., government, in which the Scots are but a tiny drowned minority, will let Detroit happen to its own people, the Midlands, what, oh what may happen to Scotland?
Then, since we must face reality in making objective judgments, while the workers and people of the Midlands are in hard times from absolutely no business and little government leadership, the government is shrinking or freezing the welfare or help checks.
We are told reductions of dole benefits at a bad time is in the name of the economy, What about the people? How is this Scrooge like attitude of money first, the people second, justified? Stay in a union with England? I’d as soon marry a girl to Scrooge.
And, let us be honest here, the Scots attitude on community equality and mutual help is not totally, but very definitely, different from the English. I am a Christian and I must consider the needs, welfare, and harsh times for those having a bad time. You may do as conscience dictates, but I would not look to England for much of a social conscience. I therefore suggest you vote for the independence of Scotland whose social attitudes are different from England and far better. (Now don’t waste my time in telling me they are not. Cold Scotland is a warmer-hearted place.)
My reasoning is, (and it may be quite wrong, a poor thing but mine own,) that if they will let it happen to the Midlands, what if Scotland is next? What do I say? You can’t take a chance like that. Don’t just leave the Union. Run for your lives. Ireland has already done so, thank God, but Wales ought to watch it too. (Just explain it by saying you were Scrooged out.)
When I was a young man, a considerable time ago, I briefly had classes under the historian, Arnold J. Toynbee, whose lectures were being filmed at my university. I had Toynbee during the week and O’Connor on the week ends when I went home. This ought to explain why I feel a strange moral compulsion to mind the business of others. (But I would be less than human if I did not try to advise my extended Scots family,across the water, who were always remembered in family gatherings, of possible bad choices. I could not just leave them to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune without letting them know that I cared enough to warn them about what might be coming. )
But Arnold Toynbee used to teach us his great theory of history: Challenge and Response. History presented the challenge but the response was up to the people. I see history has given Scotland the challenge of independence. I pray Scotland rises to the correct response.
Since democracy is only as good as its borders, and changing borders shifts the tyranny of the majority to a better balance, many may think that breaking up empire countries into smaller countries is a bad thing. No, it is not, but it is a good thing.
A world of smaller happier independent republics using more grass roots government and democracy, and these function best in smaller areas, is infinitely preferable to the entire world being caught up in a world struggle of clashing nationalistic global empires, which is the case today. The world today is a struggle between clumsy, awkward, terribly dangerous and irritable national dinosaurs fighting each other for the spoils of the earth.
Of course every dinosaur nation has an idealistic philosophy of its own to hide its naked nationalism behind. But, generally speaking, the good philosophies are used to hide bad actions. Or, perhaps, to rationalize them.
We at MGRGW believe firmly the best hope is in smaller countries learning to function as democratic communities not obsessed with empire. These smaller, happier countries should have more grass roots government, direct voting on major issues, excellent educational faculties and good values. Where are these to come from? Certainly not from the global super-nationalistic dinosaur nations (or global empires) that clash over their prestige and the world’s mineral rights today.
So when you tell us how awful it is to break up a global dinosaur nation into more livable democracies, our response is “Hooray, hooray, the next stage of world evolution is on its way.” That is the move away from clashing global empires, like dinosaurs, to many smaller independent democratic community countries trying to survive and thrive with dignity and in order.. Of such the hope for a future world is made.
While far from perfect, of course, democratic smaller nations like Norway, Sweden, Denmark the Netherlands, etc. should be the right hope for the future, not allying yourself with a nationalistic and prehistoric global empire nation out primarily for number one and then none. Smaller is better as long as smaller is a democratic community, an organ of the people and for the people and by the people. (That is saying a lot but even a little is better than what we’ve got.)
From global empires to many equal independent democratic communities is not perfect news, but it is good news, and better news than in the old days when we heard only about which global empire was beating on the other. (Which overlarge political prehistoric nationalistic monster of an empire was winning in the biggest pig in the world sweepstakes.)
Therefore when you sorrow on how another global national empire is partially breaking up, and how we at MGRGW are somewhat responsible for it, and how we should feel guilty for dividing the sins of the world, and rearranging the power balance, forget it.
We gladly take what little responsibility we are due for upsetting a power balance in dinosaur land, but what is more, we glory in it. (“He has put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.” Luke 1:52 )