St. Patrick’s Day In The Age Of Trump
In March of 2016, I wrote:
I’d like to wish a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to our Irish-American readers and friends, our Irish readers in Ireland itself, and to legal Irish immigrants. (Illegal Irish immigrants are advised to get a cheap flight from New York to Shannon before President Trump catches you. )
Now we actually have a President Trump, and while he’s not targeting the Irish, most Irish who come here illegally do so to work, and when workplace enforcement happens, they might as well leave.
President Trump, as a New Yorker, is very big on St. Patrick’s Day:
- March 16, 2017 Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence at St. Patrick’s Day Reception
- March 16, 2017 Readout of the President’s Meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland
- March 16, 2017 Remarks by President Trump and Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland at Friends of Ireland Luncheon
Happy Lá Fheile Phadraig to all of my great Irish friends!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2017
One of the earliest things I wrote for the site was a piece called The Camp Of St. Patrick, [March 17, 2001] pointing out how much like the “Camp Of The Saints” the Famine Irish exodus was for the receiving countries in North America.
There are memorials in various places (like Grosse Île, Quebec) to the dead, who didn’t die of famine, but of cholera, which they brought with them. Wikipedia’s article on cholera outbreaks and pandemics says
Cholera hit Ireland in 1849 and killed many of the Irish Famine survivors, already weakened by starvation and fever. In 1849, cholera claimed 5,308 lives in the major port city of Liverpool, England, an embarkation point for immigrants to North America, and 1,834 in Hull, England.
An outbreak in North America took the life of former U.S. President James K. Polk. Cholera, believed spread from Irish immigrant ship(s) from England, spread throughout the Mississippi river system, killing over 4,500 in St. Louis and over 3,000 in New Orleans. Thousands died in New York, a major destination for Irish immigrants.
However, the survivors became part of America’s white majority. In Alien Nation, VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow mentioned 19th century anti-cheap labor activist Denis Kearney (right) who fought Chinese immigration.
Brimelow wrote “[A]n Irish immigrant, Dennis Kearney, was a leader of the agitation that halted Chinese immigration into California. (His—probably mythical—slogan: `Americay for Americans, Begorrah!`)”
The Irish in America are part of the American nation, but still in their own way:
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) March 16, 2017
In spite of our site’s Anglo-Saxon bias, we wish the Irish well, and some of them even wish us well.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone, and here’s what we’ve written about St. Patrick’s Day past March 17ths.
- When Everyone Is Irish, by Peter Brimelow, The Times (London, England), March 21, 1987
- Ireland: Though All The World (Specifically, The Irish PM) Betray Thee, by Martin Kelly, March 16, 2006
- “Legalize Me, I`m Irish”, by Brenda Walker, March 16, 2006
- On St. Patrick`s Day, An Irish-American Calls For National Unity—Even If It Includes WASPS!, March 16, 2007
- A Michigan Reader Says Ireland`s Prime Minister Bertie Ahern Turned Her Away From St. Patrick`s Day, March 16, 2008
- On St. Patrick`s Day, An Irish Reader Reminds His Countrymen That Not All Irish Are For “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”, March 16, 2010
- St. Patrick And San Patricio: Thoughts On Immigrants Then And Now, by James Fulford, March 16, 2011
- Disney On Irish Immigration–YouTube For St. Patrick`s Day, by James Fulford, March 16, 2011
- A Tribute To Dennis Kearney On St. Patrick`s Day, Contra NATIONAL REVIEW by James Fulford, March 18, 2014
- Thoughts After St. Patrick’s Day: How Irish Immigration Became Idealized, by Kathy Knechtges, March 19, 2014
- Armenian In Washington Honors Irish Brigade In Mexico On St. Patrick`s Day, by James Fulford, March 17, 2011
- THE BIRTH OF PRUDENCE EXCERPT: St. Patrick’s Day, 1998, by Ryan Andrews, March 17, 2015
- The Irish Hunger Memorial On St. Patrick’s Day, by John Derbyshire, March 17, 2015
- A British Immigrant Reflects On St Patrick’s Day And The Wearing O’ The…Confederate Battle Flag? by Peter Brimelow, March 17, 2015
- Happy St. Patrick’s Day (2016) From VDARE.com! by James Fulford, March 17, 2016