O’Hehir tries to cloak his self-loathing in some quasi-historical claptrap about politics in Ireland and how “Irish-American identity and genuine history was severed, and all we’re left with now is a fading and largely bogus afterlife.”
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So this is what tolerance is all about? But I’m getting ahead of myself. First off, a Happy St. Paddy’s Day to all of our readers and to several of my LU comrades in arms, not least among them my esteemed partner, J.E. Dyer. Now go stand in a corner and feel bad about yourself, ya drunken louts!
That’s not me speaking (and it’s not the Jameson’s I partook of last night either). It’s someone name Andrew O’Hehir, who has an article at Salon depressingly titled “How did Irish-Americans get so disgusting?”

O’Hehir makes the first mistake of uncivil discourse toward a demographic based purely on group identity (also known as bigotry) by acknowledging that he’s one of the clan, ostensibly believing that somehow gives him license to go off half-cocked. (And even then it’s a lukewarm acknowledgment: “Am I proud of my Irish heritage? Sure I am, up to a point: We’re all born with something, and I was born with a name no one can spell or pronounce…”).

O’Hehir tries to cloak his self-loathing in some quasi-historical claptrap about politics in Ireland and how “Irish-American identity and genuine history was severed, and all we’re left with now is a fading and largely bogus afterlife.”

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