As millions of Americans are taking part the various St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivities, eager to show their Irish side in a once a year extravaganza, liberal politicians are stewing in their hatred for Donald Trump preferring to protest instead.
Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin of the Labour Party in Ireland dramatically stated after Donald Trump won the American election last year that, “AMERICA HAS JUST elected a fascist – and I don’t use the word fascist lightly.” Clearly the Senator is not a fan of making America great again nor is he fond of President Trump’s policies.
Today Senator Ó Ríordáin was visiting New York City, but won’t be taking part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Instead, he is hosting a protest called the “Irish Stand” aimed at showing “solidarity between the people of Ireland and immigrants suffering under President Trump”. The senator isn’t just seeking justice for immigrants, however, as his protest places a special emphasis on “undocumented immigrants”.
The Senator appeared in an interview on MSNBC to criticize any Irish-Americans who support Donald Trump saying, “I think any Irish-American who celebrates St Patrick’s Day, but also supports the travel ban is somebody who has forgotten what it means to be Irish.”
[Ó Ríordáin] criticized the number of Irish-Americans that work under the Trump administration, stating:
“I think they have completely forgot their Irish heritage, their own history. The Irish story is one of immigration, it is one of seeking refuge, it is one of overcoming sectarianism, and all the stereotypes that are laid against communities in America now were once laid against us.
“Lots of people will join together to make that stand, to remind Irish America that Ireland does not stand with this man and Ireland’s story is one of overcoming diversity,” he said.
The event is due to be held outside the iconic Riverside Church, where Martin Luther King gave his famous Vietnam speech.
Being the first St Patrick’s Day since Trump was elected, Ó Ríordáin said it is important to speak for every immigrant, because Ireland is an immigrant nation.
Ó Ríordáin also compared the Irish immigrants of decades past to the challenges he claims Mexicans and Muslims are facing because of Trump. “What Mexicans are going through now or Muslim Americans are going through now, or African-Americans who feel fearful, that is exactly what we went through in the past”, the Senator said.
Considering for a second time a Federal Judge has decided to exceed his authority and block President Trump’s travel ban, I think it’s safe to say that immigrants aren’t facing any new road blocks in coming to America at this time.
That’s not all the Irish Senator claimed, however, as he also asserted that the “true meaning” of St. Patrick’s Day must be reclaimed from the “white nationalists” and morphed into a “celebration” of immigrants.
We need to grab St Patrick’s Day back from the white nationalist viewpoint and present it as a celebration of immigration… you have to realise, it is a celebration of an immigrant nation here… it is the same fight, it is the same story.
We can’t let St Patrick’s Day just be a parade – it has to be a stand.
Apparently Ó Ríordáin is unaware of the origin and history of St. Patrick’s Day since, as the name implies, it was intended as an observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.
If the senator really wanted to bring this celebration back to its roots, he would attempt to remember the life and deeds of St. Patrick, rather than trying to hijack the festival and turn it into an observance for the struggles of immigrants around the world.
Leave it the progressives to take a holiday with Christian roots meant to be a celebration, and try to distort it into a social justice “stand” while also mixing in some anti-Trump sentiment. It appears no holiday, festival or celebration is safe from liberal attempts at making them more “progressive” these days.