Reading that Ted Cruz' campaign has taken on both Frank Gaffney and Andrew C. McCarthy as advisers has me reaching for the bottle of Brioschi. Both of these men are Irish-Americans, and there are few things more abhorrent to me than a fascist of Irish descent.
Frank Gaffney's main claim to
Then we have Andrew C. McCarthy, a big proponent of 'enhanced interrogation techniques'. Again, we have an individual who condones torture, even though he belongs to an ethnoreligious group that has been connected to terrorist campaigns to achieve its political ends, and has produced its share of imprisoned martyrs. McCarthy failed to learn the lesson about cruel and unusual punishment, that it doesn't achieve a positive goal, and that its victims achieve a moral status denied to its perpetrators. Ignoring the lessons of history tends to doom the ignorant to repeating the mistakes made by predecessors.
There is a certain wisdom that should result from a history of adversity, an empathy for the underdog, an unwillingness to leave the narrative of the powerful unchallenged. Throughout Irish and Irish-American history, there has been a thread of revolutionary and liberation activity, from the Irish independence movement itself to opposition to American imperialist wars against peasant populations to involvement in Latin American independence movements to protection of the rights of their own LGBTQ citizens... why, even that Boner guy has devoted time and energy to poverty relief in Africa. At their best, the people of the Irish diaspora have stood for humanitarian causes (at their worst, though, they've committed appalling crimes). Authoritarianism and intolerance have always been a disaster for the Irish people, and to see two prominent Irish-Americans (not to mention such blueshirts as Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity) promulgating them is the equivalent of a shanda fur die goyim.