An Irish-American Reader Complains About Fulford`s “Ganging Up On America.”


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From: 
Bowen Smith

James Fulford`s

"Ganging Up on America"
does your fine website and
the immigration reform movement a disservice by spiking
its criticism of Martin Scorsese`s new film with several
vicious and ahistorical put-downs of poor Irish
immigrants.

It ought to be possible to debunk the
politically-correct mythologies distorting Mr.
Scorsese`s historical vision without compounding them
with ones that dishonor the campaign for more sensible
immigration policy.

Mr. Fulford`s claim that the Irish were "taking
over city hall- making New York a byword for corrupt
government"
before the Draft Riots of July 1863 is
absurd. Any serious student of New York history knows
that both City Hall and the Democrats`

Tammany Wigwam
were firmly in the grip of
Anglo-Americans during this period and would be for
years to come. These native Americans hardly needed
instruction from the politically-inexperienced and
long-disenfranchised Irish peasantry in the fine arts of
graft and vote fraud. Give Anglo-Saxon ingenuity its
due!

Mr. Fulford`s sniggering aside that rioting "was
considered an `agreeable recreation`"
in Ireland
delivers the full insult but the lesser part of the
truth. The long tradition of faction fighting between
rival clans and villages in rural Ireland was treated
with a wink by the occupying British authorities, who
were no doubt relieved that this manly vigor wasn`t
exercised in their direction. The Irish fault here, from
a Washingtonian or Jeffersonian perspective, is that it
took them so long to organize this taste for combat
against the occupation. Guilty as charged.

The talents of Mr. Fulford might be better directed
by focusing on converting more Americans of
Irish-Catholic ancestry to the patriotic cause of
immigration reform. Set the old, reflexive tribal
antagonisms aside and invite us into your gang. We`ll
fight like hell if you ask nicely.

James Fulford replies:
Er…would it help if I said that some of my best friends
are Irish? Or that I regularly listen to Dennis Day and
Bing Crosby, and

Lorenna McKennitt
?

A lot of good has come
out of the Irish presence in America, and, as Bowen
Smith has

written
, and we have

noted
, Irish-Americans
were preeminent among the heroes of 9/11. In fact, while
the (mainly) Irish mobs were wrecking the city in 1863,
the large Irish contingents in the police and state
troops were fighting with, according to Theodore
Roosevelt,

“as much courage and steadfast loyalty as their
associates of native origin.”

The National Guard Colonel I
mentioned who was tortured to death?

Colonel O`Brien.
The mob
paused to let a priest gave him the Last Rites.

The value of Irish
immigration is ably defended by the

Emerald Isle Immigration Center
.
But it`s VDARE.COM`s job to
point out the facts. As for vicious and ahistorical, we
try to be “vicious” or at least ruthless, but we try to
avoid the ahistorical. So, for the record, Boss Tweed`s
ring (in the 1863-1870 period)

included
Peter B. Sweeny
as head of the Department of Public Works, and Richard
Connolly as comptroller.

We`re happy (and
relieved) that so many Irish-Americans are prominent in
the fight for immigration reform.

January 02, 2003