Spike your poems and an anecdote from a singer are no substitute for history. You may think you know Irish history, perhaps better than her taoiseach (Prime Minister) , but you do not. Please go to Boston's Southie to the deadly serious neighborhood tavern's and line them out as they pass the hat for the boys back home. They'd appreciate your history lesson. Go to a Dublin or Belfast pub, hoist a few with the lads, stand on a chair and let them know their history. One less Medicare account for Ryan and Mulvaney to worry about. Your insistence that you know more about Irish History than her Prime Minister, Encyclopedia Britannica or Irishcentral's scholarly research are a wee bit like Trump knowing more about Iraq than the Generals. Sinead O'Connor and a poet as your historical bedrock are less than Breitbart on the Holocaust. In the end, after hastily trying to prepare your thesis, you would end up mumbling.. who knew Irish history was so sad and so complicated.
" WASHINGTON — On a calendar of foreign visitors that includes President Xi Jinping of China and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, the annual visit by the taoiseach of Ireland to mark St. Patrick’s Day should have been a delightful distraction for President Trump.
Mr. Trump, after all, owns a golf resort on the country’s west coast. He has stocked his White House and cabinet with Irish-Americans. And as he never tires of pointing out, he has marched in more St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City than he cares to remember.
Yet on Thursday, Mr. Trump found himself in a roomful of kelly-green-clad lawmakers in the Capitol for the Friends of Ireland luncheon, being lectured by Enda Kenny, the Irish prime minister, or taoiseach (pronounced THEE-shakh), about the virtues of America’s immigrant legacy and the contributions that immigrants had made to the country.
“There are millions out there who want to play their part for America — if you like, who want to make America great,” he said, shooting Mr. Trump a pointed gaze as he appropriated the president’s campaign slogan. “You heard that before?” he said, to nervous titters.
Mr. Kenny did not refer to Mr. Trump’s travel ban on visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries, which is now tied up in court. He stuck to the issue that has long preoccupied Irish officials: the estimated 50,000 Irish who are living in the United States illegally, and who are at risk of being deported if Mr. Trump delivers on his campaign pledge to round up undocumented immigrants.
“We would like this to be sorted,” Mr. Kenny said, calling for these people to be given a path to citizenship. “It would remove a burden of so many that they could now stand in the light and say, ‘Now I’m free to contribute to America as I know I can.’ That’s what people want.”
“All they want is the opportunity to be free,” he added, choking up momentarily.
It was a somber moment during a ritual that is normally as convivial and rancor-free as any in Washington. The last seven such visits by Mr. Kenny featured good-natured gibes about former Vice President’s Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s long-winded speeches or President Barack Obama’s habit of toasting the taoiseach with water-filled glasses.
Again! He also said ""The Irish have contributed to the economic, social, political and cultural life of this great country over the last 200 years," Kenny said.
The Irish "came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of safety, of even food itself, the Irish believed, four decades before Lady Liberty lifted her lamp, we were the 'wretched refuse on the teeming shore','" Kenny said.
"We believed in the shelter of America, and the compassion of America, and the opportunity of America. We came, and we became Americans."
But what does he know?
Last edited by akerue; 03-19-2017 at 10:02 AM.
"They tried to bury us, but did not know we were seeds." Mexican proverb