Land of the free and home of the brave? Aye, right!

US Congressmen are the latest gatecrashers to our independence party.

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House Resolution 713 echoed Barack Obama's June response to David Cameron's plea for support.

The President obliged by saying he expected "one of the closest allies we will ever have to remain a strong, robust and united partner".

Democrat and Republican Congressmen last week were less mealy-mouthed than their Commander in Chief, despite equally fawning mentions of Winston Churchill and the Special Relationship (you know, that special relationship where their President says "Quick march!" and our poodle PM says "Who are we invading this week?").

But there was no attempt to disguise blatant self-interest and disregard for Scotland in a resolution telling Congress "a united, secure, and prosperous UK is important for US national security priorities in Europe and around the world".

No mention of Scotland's priorities or what's important to us, only arrogance in assuming we exist merely to provide America's global police force with a home for their nuclear weapons. I wonder who gave them that idea? You can imagine Washington's howls of rage if Britain poked her nose into their affairs.

They did attempt to sugar the Congressional pill, adding: "Millions of Americans have Scottish roots and identify with their Scottish ancestry; Scottish people and culture have had a profound effect on the USA."

They don't say? Of the 56 signatories of the 1776 American Declaration of Independence, it's said up to three-quarters were either Scots by birth or descent, and the wording was based on the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath that made Scotland's case for freedom from England.

Of America's 43 Presidents, 33 had either Scottish or Ulster-Scots descent, including George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. It's even claimed Obama's ancestry can be traced back to William the Lion, who ruled here from 1165 to 1214.

So America has reason to cherish Scottish knowledge, skills, innovation and pioneering spirit, only they prefer such qualities remain under London's thumb. Unless, that is, it's Uncle Sam importing them.

Why do they think millions left this sun-kissed, Westminster-dominated paradise for an unknown fate, if not for what they hoped would be a better future? It's no different today.

Congressmen were not alone last week in telling us what to do. 'Bitter Together', their relentlessly negative Project Fear having failed, conjured up some love-bombing.

More than 200 celebrities, from Sir Mick Jagger to Dame Judi Dench, signed an open letter begging Scotland: "Let's stay together".

A surprising number of them work for the BBC, that bastion of anti-independence, and you wonder at the motives of such as historian David Starkey, who labelled Scotland a "feeble little country".

Why care what the likes of Simon Cowell or Ross Kemp think when even friends and family can't sway those with entrenched indy views? Would the English be swayed by a letter from French and German celebs telling them to stay in the EU?

Anyway, can we presume the love will still be there even if we vote Yes?

You can't question the honesty of most of these celebs, but you can't say that about politicians.

Too many Scots in the 1970s believed unionist parties who denied that oil would make Scotland rich.

Three decades later we discovered Tory and Labour governments deliberately concealed a report which exposed them as liars.

Before the 1979 referendum, unionist politicians warned us that independence would be the death of coal mining, of car making at Linwood and steel-making at Bathgate and Ravenscraig.

Westminster promptly let our heavy industris die, and then rewarded us with such iniquities as the Poll Tax and the bedroom tax.

We did get promised devo improvements - 20 years later, with the Scottish Parliament. Until then we were forced to endure 18 years of Tory rule we didn't vote for and then 13 years of a Labour government that was less than useless and brought the worst austerity in living memory.

DO you believe unionist politicians who say there will be no currency negotiations in the event of a Yes vote?

A ConDem minister has already admitted there will be, and don't dismiss a deal being done over Trident.

The main Westminster parties are again dangling the carrot of vague additional devo powers if we vote No. Do you believe they will deliver this time?

They won't if Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is calling the shots. The anti-EU London Mayor and Tory darling is being tipped to unseat David Cameron as leader now he's decided to stand again for Parliament next year.

Not-so-bumbling Boris, a hot bet to be PM, last week demanded that in the event of a No vote Scotland should not get new tax-raising powers.

His hero is Maggie Thatcher. Welcome to your future, Scotland.

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