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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Cry To Ireland From An American To Reject The Lisbon Treaty.


This piece was posted as a comment to my blog post 'Dublin Could Yet Torpedo The Lisbon Treaty'. It is too good a piece of writing to be left languishing in the comments file. I've titled it, and checked out a little to find who the author Robert Coillean might be. This is what he wrote -

As an Irishman of the diaspora (all four of my grandparents were of Irish descent) I am vitally interested in the present and, especially, the future of my home land. This issue of the Lisbon Treaty frightens me to death! I'm afraid that too many of my brothers and sisters do not realize that the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty is in effect a decision equal to new elections in Ireland. The decision on ratifying the Lisbon Treaty is - upon transferring the current powers of the nation state of Ireland to the federal state in Brussels – it is a decision on accepting or rejecting the permanent construction of A NEW FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT OVER IRELAND. To do so will be to utterly discard on the rubbish heap of history all the sacrifices of our ancestors, both the suffering against British oppression and the fighting for freedom in which so many lives were lost.

This is a crucial time in Irish history - a time when you/we will decide whether to march on under your/our own strength and character and leadership or to surrender your/our rights, lives, and fate to others who have, upon every past opportunity, either turned their backs on Ireland in her need or swooped in to take advantage of her riches. Which is exactly what is happening now. Ireland (God bless her forever!) has risen, by her own strength of character and moral fortitude and by God's kind grace, far above her past of subjection and base poverty to a point where she is a jewel in the crown of Europe and the world. Ireland has earned all her scars and medals of valour and has come into her own - at last. (One might quote of Ireland as well, "Free at last, free at last! Thank God almighty, we're free at last!")

And now, in the time of finally enjoying the fruits of our hard-won, blood-bought freedoms and successes, Ireland considers handing over her self-mastery to yet another foreign dictator! God forbid it! Let Ireland be Ireland, not some small dot on the EU map. Let Ireland be Ireland, not another chattel within another kingdom - for such is the becoming EU/EC. Never forget the sacrifices made by our (OUR) grandparents for the possibility of self-rule for Ireland. We are Ireland! We are not Europeans - we never have been. We were at best pets, at worst slaves of Europeans. Ireland has suffered too long to throw away her freedom and self-sufficiency on yet another European master race. We are Ireland!

Look long and hard at America and learn from her mistakes. Under her own power, the United States stood together by choice. Today, we have given up the idea of mutually beneficial partnership among the member states and have become subjects to a dictatorial Federal Government who seeks to rip our choice from us - from freedom of religion to freedom of choice to freedom of speech. American is becoming what the EU would march straight into, from the beginning.

Ireland, my Ireland, whom I learned to pray for and to love from my mother's knee and my father's stories, remember the source of your strength in your tortured past - return to your faith and your moral sense of self. God lead you through 700 years of tribulation and abject slavery. Your/our sense of Irish identity apart from that of the rest of the world kept us unified and alive during years of deprivation and attempted genocide. Please, please, please don't give all that up now for a new, stronger master.

We, the children of your diaspora, are counting on you to safeguard our heritage and our home. Guard and keep them from another outsider who seeks to steal and destroy our culture. We are counting on you. Please don't let us down. Remain independent and free and self-governing. Please.


Robert Coillean also writes about the disappearance of the memorial to the 1798 Rebellion at Tara HERE. I borrowed the pictures to this piece from there.

7 comments:

AnIrishMan said...

Eloquent!! From an Irish man to another – your sentiments make us one in thought. I wish the rest of us could only see it from our perspective. Irrespective of the result of the referendum, the time will come when the people will see the impact the EU has on their lives, or as Richard North would put it – the elephant in the room, and they will see that enough is enough. For now, the thought of the gravy train will keep the monster that is the EU and Irelands relationship with it safe.

Joe said...

Get lost, without the EU I would live god knows where but not in Ireland.

Sod democracy (mob rule), the EU is benign and has done more for Ireland than we ever did ourselves!

tapestry said...

I would live 'not in Ireland'?

Why?

and where might you go next, Joe?

kerdasi amaq said...

Since we voted YES to NICE, we have the Irish Government creating jobs for foreigners. They are not allowed to discriminate or insist that new jobs created in Ireland are reserved for Irish people and remember you voted for it (like you did with watercharges)when you voted YES to NICE. Now, what goodies have the European Commission got in store if the Irish People Vote YES to LISBON?

joe said...

Why did this post come from an Irish American?

The diaspora only ended with the EU.

We had no jobs and no money, that's why we left.

But yeah, London does look tempting.

tapestry said...

I heard it from a Dublin taxi driver that the Irish used to go abroad to get a job. Now they go because they cannot afford a place to live.

Bob said...

Europe has been very good for Ireland but now I think they are taking it too far. I will be voting against Lisbon and am telling everyone I know to do the same. Wolfe Tone, Fr John Murphy, Paddy Pearse among countless others didn't die just to see us vote away our soverignty which took hundreds of years and thousands of lives to finally achieve. Soon we will be living under laws created by people in Brussels who are unanswerable and unaccountable to anybody. Judging by most people I've talked to I think theres a good chance that the 'No' vote will prevail