Hey Giant Boy Detective. Just thought I'd drop you a line... comment. You've been on here a while haven't you? I've just been thinking about doing a St. Patrick's Day podcast this year. I did a blog last year for the day recommending a couple of Irish films, and telling people to stay away from American films about Ireland, and was considering doing a podcast with another Irish person this year.
I figured you'd probably be the best since you've done so many blogs and been so active. It'd only be a short thing, maybe half an hour. And I'm not really sure if I'll do it yet, but if you're interested, it'd be great to have you. It'd be a bit boring just to have me on, talking away to imaginary listeners you know?
Oh believe me, I don't claim to know all the ins-and-outs of all the aspects of Irish politics, and never claimed to be an expert either. But trust me, my heart really does go out to Ireland because I heard as a boy all the tells of my grandparents that they heard from their parents. So, I've always felt that out of the entire "British Empire", what was done in Ireland was possible the absolute worst case of dickheadery that I've ever heard of. Made worse (Of course) by the fact that it was a constant "shitting-on" that happened for over 700 years.
Hell, I recall getting pissed off when they made us read Swift's "Irish Proposal" in school here in the states. My teacher thought it was funny that I was getting upset because "you just don't understand satire", and I told her flat out "No, it's because Swift was being a complete bastard, and simply taking the chance to shit all over the Irish the same way that the British Parliament had been doing for centuries."
Needless to say, I sort of got an F on that section. lol
Oh, yes, before I forget. I have more Irish blood flowing through me than anything else. 3 of my grandparents were actually born in Ireland, and all moved to America with their families in the early 1920's. My 4th grandparent was 1/2 Irish. So, while still American, I always say that I'm Irish-American whenever I can.
This is a topic that I've studied a bit more than your basic American that isn't a history major, because my grandparents all had different points of view on the issues, and I tried to look into them on my own.
Oh believe me, I really do think that Michael Collins was a hero that was able to obtain the only peace he could.
But that's what I really like about the movie Michael Collins. It's presented in such a way that you have to think about it for a second or two. Did he settle for peace, or did he not continue fighting for the Republic that he wanted? That's an interesting conflict for a character to take on while trying to obtain a freedom of some form. Do you take the peace that's available to build on, or do you hold out for what you want regardless of the price?
Personally, I think that the Free State treaty was a bit of a shafting that screwed over an entire country. Yet, even I will have to say that before you can walk, you have to crawl. And the Free State treaty would allow Ireland to be able to crawl on it's own.
Now, not to get into ALL the political issues regarding the Free State Treaty, the IRA, the Troubles and all the issues regarding world-wide recognition of Ireland as it's own Nation able to govern itself. What I never really understood was the hard-nosed approach of the British over this one. I mean, USA, Australia, India, and other countries had been able to "liberate" themselves from the British Empire, what was the issue with denying Ireland the same thing that other countries had gotten?