Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
Today is today that great exercise in democracy takes place in the most powerful land in the world. The land of immigrants the land built by those who came to her shores to build new lives. It would do Americans well to step back before they pull that lever and reflect on those who came before them and where they came from. Their forefathers, the Africans, the Dutch, the Germans, the Irish, the Poles,the Italians, the Jews and the new immigrants who come from the Middle East, Mexico and the Spanish speaking world. Take a step back and think of them and what they gave and can give America. Make the world at least like you a little more America do the right thing and we might.
Donnacha Ryan (centre) celebrates following Ireland’s 40-29 victory over the All Blacks. Photograph: Getty
Yesterday in a City high on that winning feeling a team came to try and overturn another Century old record. This team came on the back of a highly emotional month in which the loss of of their own hit hard, really hard. After an awful rendition of Irelands Call, A Haka brilliantly answered by a number 8 off we went. The real shame of it is the National Broadcaster count not air the game but the Minister for Sport gets to go. Meanwhile many people who really follow Rugby are reduced to following it on Twitter.
On the pitch Ireland despite the French Referee not seeing when a card should be red. The Irish were so disciplined, so focused, they did the simple things right and they took the very best of their game to the All Blacks. They played as a team, a team of stars. CJ Sander was stunning. At 15 the much talked about Rob Kearney was brilliant in the air as was the flying Simon Zebo. The work rate of McGrath, Best, Tonner and Furlong was 100%. The Munster factor stood out as Connor Murray played the game of his life as did Jamie Heaslip. Robbie Henshaw did not let Moody’s take take his game away and he planned a blinder. They drove, the mauled they scored, Sexton kicked and managed, they kept cool heads even at the start of the second half when the All blacks scored. Joe Schmidt deserves huge praise of his game plan and as Neil Francis writes today in the Irish Independent we now know for certain, Joe Schmidt is the best coach in the World. Ireland’s Strength and Conditioning Coach deserves huge credit for the condition of this team. And it is a team, a team that has given its all and deserves all the praise they are getting.
As for RTE, big shame the National Broadcaster missed History being made once again by the Irish in America.
How are you all? Good? Not so good? So Tuesday/Wens is the big days. The time when you either pick a complete Wuss or a completely untrustworthy person to be top cat in the big house on Pen Ave. It’s a really poor hand your being dealt and to be honest while it may be a great spectator sport its kinda worrying for us all.
Here is the thing maybe its time you take a look at that old two party system of yours or at the very least how you come to get your candidates. Why? Well because these two are a prime example of two people who should NOT be seeking the office of POTUS.
The emails, the FBI, the abuse of Women, the vicious name calling, the rape of immigrants, the lack of any class, the Anchors and leaks. The very dumming down of democary is what this campaign will and should be rememered for. The lack of any real policies or any real commiment to anything has been ignored. Building walls, making America great and stronger toegether all far too vauge. And it is fuelled by these awful Canditates. Go make some changes to how you get your candidates and you may get something out of this awful election cycle.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said “To be Irish is to know that in the end the world will break your heart”. On Wens morning to be an American your heart will be broken in end by the outcome of this election.
I wish you better but I just don’t see it.