Sunday, March 16, 2014

It's A Paul Ryan St. Patty's Day!

Erin go bragh, you buggery bastards!

It's the Feast of St. Patrick, who was not Irish, didn't cast out the snakes of Ireland and probably never ate a piece of corned beef in his life.

Never mind, we have Paul Ryan, the GOP's favorite Irish son who loves to mention his Irish roots whenever he can.

(He's only half Irish, but he's certainly exaggerated bigger stories than this, so we'll give him his "Danny Boy" wannabe story.)

Ryan loves to say he is the son of Irish famine victims who escaped to America for a better life. It's a good story - one that a majority of Irish Americans share. Since Ryan's family became successful construction millionaires - it's an especially good narrative that compliments his "work hard and you can become anything" meme.

Just don't focus too hard - his now famous ticket to college courtesy of his deceased father's social security benefits is more of a dreaded "hand-out" opposed to the "hand-up" he likes to pretend he wants to offer today's Americans.

Our Irish boyo has much to learn, and he's been learnin' it the hard way lately.

Take his "brown bag" lunch story that turned out to be a bunch of grade "A" shite. One would think a man whose descendants fled their country in famine might have been a wee bit more circumspect when telling the poor that a full soul is better than full stomach.

Which one do you think Ryan's great-great grandfather prized at the time?

Or take Ryan's statements that "urban" and "inner city" men are lazy and committed to a life of dependency. Ryan's ancestors, upon reaching the shores of America were called illiterate, lazy, violent and drunkards. They were routinely outcasts from employment and housing and depicted as apes in publications at the time.

How did they escape the racism and oppression of their time? By refusing to work with blacks and other minorities. Irish Americans typically supported the apartheid state of blacks and Chinese which kept them at least a few rungs up from the bottom of the ladder. Subjugating others so they could rise up within American society.

Basically by using the same kind of language his ancestors employed - Ryan cleverly exploits the tricks of the past to depict others as less deserving and at fault for their own misery.

How ironic. Our selkie cousins have a special message for Paul Ryan on this St. Patrick's Day...

"Go hifreann leat, Paul Ryan, go dtachta an diabhal thĂș."