John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man
As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it is important to remember that the Irish immigrants wrote one of the most important chapters in the saga of American exceptionalism. A truly despised minority in their day, the Irish immigrants and their descendants grabbed hold of the American dream and wrote their chapter in the unfolding experiment of our country. To be sure, they were not saints all of the time, but it is hard to imagine the story without them. And they really had to work at it, unlike the pampered academics and media types who pontificate about diversity today.
For some thoughts of the day, check out the latest podcast of Italian Tomatoes on Blog Talk Radio. But what’s an Italian doing talking about St Patty’s? Well, if you grew up in New York in the 1950’s and 1960’s, you are Irish, Italian and Jewish simultaneously! But even more important, American.