For real personal independence, courtesy of Daisy Luther. A few that caught my eye:
4. Homeschool your children
13. Ditch television
17. Repair things…
43. …grow tobacco…
Read the rest.
This after weeks of half-hearted posturing, “negotiations,” an angry speech from the King, and a 90% vote in favor of freedom. Spain voted, only 40 minutes later, to end the secession effort. Historically, this kind of juxtaposition sometimes leads to war. Let’s hope not in this case.
The debate came after Catalan President Carles Puigdemont on Thursday opted against declaring independence or calling early elections, instead calling on MPs to decide.
A motion declaring independence was approved with 70 in favour, 10 against, and two abstentions in the 135-seat chamber.
The measure calls for the transfer of legal powers from Spain to an independent Catalonia.
But the Spanish Constitutional Court is likely to declare it illegal, and few in the international community will recognise Catalan statehood.
Immediately afterwards, Mr Rajoy called for all Spaniards to remain calm, promising to “restore legality” to Catalonia.
What will the Spanish government do next?
Soon after the vote at the regional parliament, the Senate – Spain’s upper house – made the unprecedented step of approving measures allowing the Spanish government to impose direct rule over Catalonia.
There were 214 votes in favour and 47 against.
Mr Rajoy is now expected to hold a cabinet meeting and decide what measures to take.
It could include the firing of Catalan leaders, and the Spanish government taking control of the region’s finances, police and publicly owned media
Elsewhere the usual types decry the move (for independence) as a “dark day for democracy.” In other words, democratic actions of the people and their leaders, in unison, constitute an affront to democracy. Clear as mud – unless these usual suspects only mean democracy as a cover for tyranny. And, that they do.
No telling how this complex case will play out. I have a feeling we will know very soon. (How many tank divisions does Madrid have??)
For now, I welcome and embrace Europe’s newest country.
The Flag Shop (UK).
Catalans prepares for freedom.
Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC.
In his first interview since a disputed vote on Sunday, Carles Puigdemont said his government would “act at the end of this week or the beginning of next”.
Meanwhile, Spain’s King Felipe VI said the vote’s organisers had put themselves “outside the law”.
He said the situation in Spain was “extremely serious”, calling for unity.
Tensions between Spain and the north-eastern Catalonia region continue to mount, days after the vote was marred by violence involving national police.
The Spanish High Court said it had begun an investigation into key Catalan figures on Wednesday on suspicion of sedition – inciting rebellion against the state – including the head of Catalonia’s regional police.
Defense Tuesday ordered the sending of the Army to Catalonia with material and to provide logistical support to the Civil Guard and the National Police. [Translated].
Channeling his inner T-Rex or Abe Lincoln, King Felipe says Catalans “have broken the democratic principles of the rule of law.”
So, according to the monarchist, globalist statists, engaging in democracy is now considered braking democracy. And we pay these people…
It’s also refreshing to see that a government that won’t send a single soldier to halt an invasion from Africa will happily send the army to stop tax protesters.
Democratically suppressing democracy. BBC.
I stand ready to welcome and acknowledge the Catalan Republic.
By the way, this is the beginning of a trend – probably coming to a country near you. Results may vary.