Thursday, October 26, 2017

Why conservative loudmouths are Irish

Gosse mentions that years ago he noticed that, "the right-wing chorus pontificating from screens in bars and shops was filled by men with names like Hannity, O'Reilly, and Buchanan."

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He continues by asking why, "Why has the ascent of a bunch of people who in an earlier period might have been called Micks [a contentious word for Catholics] drawn no notice at all?"

Gosse, who says his own great-great-grandfather immigrated from Ireland to the States and lived himself in the Emerald Isle for a time, believes, "Irish-Americans are very different from the Irish-in-Ireland, and often have no sense of themselves as connected to the island and its history."

The "loudmouths", he contends, are in fact the ideological descendants of Joe McCarthy, who "untethered Irishness and made it into a certain kind of masculine assertion, free from any institutional power ... It established the pattern of a certain kind of 'ethnic' man claiming working-class antecedents (and I stress the claiming rather than actual class status), who portrays himself, and is accepted, as a tribune for all white men in America, a 'hyper-American.'"

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Guilty as charged... :)

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-26 12:38 PM

Guilty as charged... :)

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-10-26 01:59 PM

#1 & #2 > Ditto

#3 | Posted by shane at 2017-10-26 02:09 PM

Thank GOD this is one epigenetic condition I was never afflicted with. Irish American right wingers... *shiver*

#4 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-10-26 02:14 PM

"This is one race of people for whom

psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever."

~ Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)

#5 | Posted by shane at 2017-10-26 02:16 PM

YAY! ME TOO!

but I'm left winger! O(

#6 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-10-26 02:42 PM

Don't worry Troofy, you are still a loudmouth...

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-26 02:50 PM

From you that is a great compliment! :O)

#8 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-10-26 02:51 PM

#6

It was meant that way 100%

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-26 02:55 PM

"This is one race of people for whom
psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever."
~ Sigmund Freud (about the Irish)
#5 | Posted by shane

Freud never actually said that. The closest seems to be Anthony Burgess, in his introduction to a book of Irish short stories: 'One of Freud's followers split up human psychology into two categories - Irish and non-Irish.'"

#10 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-10-26 04:14 PM

#1,2,3 same

#11 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-10-27 12:17 AM

Irish confetti,(ie Bricks). Guest list at an Irish gathering begin with the phrase, "Among the injured were". Actual experience with the Irish- At an Irish pub in Germany- One stand and says loudly "You son of a b--ch" the addressed individual stands and replies,"Well now, if you wanted a rall,you needn't bring me mother into it".

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 01:18 PM

Teddy Kennedy and Tip O'Neill are reading this article in Hell and laughing their asses off.

#13 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-10-28 08:06 AM

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