Whoever created the part for the Irishman “Stephen” in Brave Heart (1995), and cast David O’Hara in the part, must have known the secret of Irish charm and its irresistible uniqueness. The Scots thought he was mad, at first, but he proved himself right in all things. Reminds us of an Irish “Tonto,” he does. Stephen certainly represents that eternal independence from the English.
David O’Hara (ironically, Scottish), as the Irishman,
“Stephen,” in Brave Heart. Who knows, maybe his blood
is Irish, just born in Scotland.
Stephen also represents the magical notions of God, or, the nature of Irish religious sentiments. He talks to the Lord above as though He were a personal companion. The simplicity of belief transcends ritual or formality. It is the glory of the personal, not the public God.
Yet, the Celtic Irish took to the Catholic form of Christianity. Saint Patrick , though Welsh, came to the Isles in the early 5th Century AD as a Christian missionary, and along with Brigid of Kildare and Colmcille, is considered the patron saint of the Irish. Interestingly, however, the Virgin Mary cult did not make the top tier as it did elsewhere.
The Irish always resented domination by the English, naturally. The Irish were clannish, tribal, and could be vicious. These Celts are said to have come to the islands in the Iron Age, between the 8th and 1st century BC. The Gaels were the last wave of “immigrants.” We don’t know who exactly were the indigenous were. The Irish are similar to the American Indian, in that there were simply the known firsts. Their legends gave to account of any other people before them.
In latter times, the English took advantage of the Irish Catholic/Irish Protestant divide (if not having created it), and then the natural brutalities commenced. In the 1840′s, the most terrible famine forced over a million Irishmen to immigrate to America, leaving another million of their dead behind. By 1850, half of all immigration to the United States was from Ireland.
Hollywood has recently aggrandized the social problems among the Irish in America. Movies like Gangs of New York (2002) tell a gruesome story. The 20th century chapter of the story, of course, is the Irish Mafia, producing such well-known American idols as the Joe Kennedy and sons, John Fitzgerald and Robert Francis, and the interminably offensive Edward Moore (“Ted”).
So the Irish came in miserable hordes of poor, ignorant, and filthy. They were stuffed in mass housing of “plodding uniformity,” as Nathaniel Hawthorne would say, with no consideration but for their proximity to the factories in which they worked. (Yet, in some cases, there was such prejudice against them that there were actually laws that forbid the hiring of “red-headed Irishmen.”) The industrial revolution in America would never have happened without the Irish. They drank incessantly, they worked endlessly, and were all Catholic, and voted Democrat.
In due time, however, foreigners who come to this country are blessed. The Irish were once slave labor in American factories. Today, they own the factories. They own the whole industries.
In 1991, I was living in Andover, Massachusetts, teaching piano. I was also developing a social theory, and doing much research. I went to the Andover public library to look for the wealthiest companies in America, with CEO’s who might be interested in social theory. (I was looking for support of my theory, of course.) I found two very large, dark-blue volumes of all the major corporations in America. I was taken by surprise to find that three out of five of the largest corporations of the country were run by Irishmen! McIntosh, McDowell, McGinn, etc. It was striking. (The other two of the five were first German, then finally some Anglo-Saxon names.) That discovery made an indelible impression on me. (That night I had the worst migraine headache in history, and worried that I would not see morning. Totally unrelated to my research, of course, other than perhaps the overworking of my eyes.)
Sons of the Irish ganster, Joe Kennedy.
And today our leading newsmen, the ‘keepers of the gates,’ are Irish Catholic. As we pointed out, whether Left (Chris Mathews) or Right (Bill O’Reilly), the Irish have risen to the top in media. They have become a leading force in America, from the guttermost to the uttermost.
And now we have another Irishman running for president, and he recently decided to become Catholic: Newt Gingrich. With our six Catholics on the Supreme Court, (including Sotomayor–who is in all likelihood a cryptic Jew), and the swing vote being an Irish Catholic (Anthony M. Kennedy), America might stop and consider its own history. America was created by White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. The Irish were a add-on. This is not an Irish Catholic country, although it may appear to have evolved into such.
The Celts of Ireland were never able to rid themselves of the dominant Anglos on the Islands. They were always held a wee bit under. But, in America, it looks as though the Irish revenge is having its day. The day is at hand when the Irish Catholic will dominate the entire society, occupying all the seats of power, social and political. They will have finally whipped the English.
The Leprichan looms. The pot of gold is before them, as never before. BadEagle.com has written about red hair, and the rise of the Catholicism in America before. There are obvious political concerns, indeed. Yet, the charm of the Irish is still active. Even without the Virgin Mary, the Emerald Isle in America has emerged anew, and greatly enlarged her shores.
The white race has its inner combat, indeed. So why in the world do the whites feel so desperate to not be judged as prejudice toward any other race? If the great white tribes can battle it out amongst themselves for centuries, why this sudden suicidal self-righteousness in the way of race pandering toward the darkies? That’s a bit much, isn’t it?
The White Anglo-Saxons protestants were not born on top of the world. They earned their place. But they’re sure quick to step down. Why?