Remain Calm, Etc: In The Green Fog?
Posted March 20, 2014on:
”You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext.” John Kerry
Good Thursday, Widdershins. As a rule, ’tis a blessing to be Irish, or so my mother told me. This week we celebrated the Irish High Holy Day, and now I’d like to move on to some very strange behavior that surrounded The Day.. Maybe there’s a holiday aura to SPD that renders one stupid, as the days surrounding Christmas appear to invite depression. This aura appears to affect all creeds and nationalities equally, and that’s fair enough. If everyone is Irish on SPD, they should all share equally in the holiday blowback.
No, I don’t mean the donning of green apparel, and attempting to learn to step dance, getting your brogue on, juggling Guinness or any of the other bizarre rituals of the 17th of March. I mean statements like the above-referenced quote from John Kerry, of the nearly Irish Catholic Ilk. Secretary Kerry made that infamous statement with regard to the Russian incursion into Crimea, as he had apparently clean forgotten about the US invasion of Iraq. Or perhaps he remembered after he had forgotten, as he was against it after being for it – no matter. He then concluded by stating that Russia was inviting international opprobrium. David Gregory neither reminded nor challenged the Secretary. He sat there expressionless – perhaps he was too stunned to comment?
And speaking of Guinness, my next nominee is a full-blooded Irish Catholic (FBIC), and half-*ssed jerk, Bill Donohue. Bill is quite annoyed with Heineken, Guinness, and Sam Adams breweries, and wants them boycotted forthwith by all right-thinking Catholics. The beer troika withdrew from the St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York and Boston, which are truly the grandaddies of all SPD parades, because the management declined to allow participation by identified LGBT groups. Bill is righteously indignant, and penned the following for the Catholic League:
None of these companies believe in diversity. No gay person has ever been barred from marching in any St. Patrick’s Day parade, anymore than the parade bans pro-life Catholics or vegetarian Catholics; they simply cannot march under their own banner. The parade has one cause: honoring St. Patrick. Those who disagree do not have to march—that’s what diversity is all about.
The parade is quintessentially Catholic, beginning with a Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is this Catholic element that angers those who are engaged in a bullying campaign against the St. Patrick’s Day parades. The bullies also have nothing but contempt for the constitutional rights of Irish Catholics.
Yes, indeedy, Bill is but a victim here. A victim of the big, bad, beer troika whpch dared to see through the privately organized parades. Many cities began using privately organized parades so that they could bar the organizations of their choosing as “not fitting in”. And, Bill is correct – those who disagree do not have to march – Heineken, Guinness, and Sam Adams disagreed and did not march. So, what’s the problem here, Bill? Since when has disagreement with your stand been equal to contempt for Irish Catholics/denial of First Amendment rights? We have a long, sorry history of repression, and the absence of three breweries from two parades does not hold a candle to starvation, insurrection, the death of Bobby Sands, or the Black and Tans. Godwin’s Law will soon require an Irish codicil should this keep up.
As long as Godwin’s Law has been mentioned, Ken Langone is the most recent example. (He’s also my not Catholic, not Irish example.) As a Jewish person, Mr. L. should probably be exquisitely sensitive to lame Holocaust comparisons. but apparently he is not. In Tuesday’s Politico, Langone discusses the evils of populism, and is quoted as follows:
“I hope it’s not working,” Ken Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot and major GOP donor, said of populist political appeals. “Because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy.”
Now, let me get this straight (pun absolutely intended): , Mr. Langone, the peasants need to starve cheerfully, or the next thing you know our Jewish citizens will find themselves living in a concentration camp.? And Mr. Donohue, do you really honestly believe that it’s Irish Catholics that the beer troika are boycotting? (What, exactly, would they do without us???) I shudder to think of what might happen should the two of these guys ever meet. Perhaps Secretary Kerry could explain “inviting opprobrium” to these gentlemen.
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