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Signs of Hope – A continuing series August 17, 2017

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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. Aengus Millen - August 17, 2017

I’m half American and while it’s been a terrible week in America there are signs of hope. Counter protesters have been much larger then nazi groups and solidarity marches have taken place throughout the country. Protesters tore down a confederate statue near my hometown in Durham, North Carolina. Though to lefties like us this has long been clear the last week has thrown into sharp relief the fact that you can either support the republicans and open white supremacy or you can support anyone else and help reclaim America for sanity and equality. Either way the battle lines are now as clear as ever.

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EWI - August 17, 2017

I can’t see how Trump will last until Christmas; events arte spiralling rapidly out of control. He’ll try to order the military to do something really stupid in some way, he’ll be refused, and that’ll be it.

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O'Connor Lysaght - August 22, 2017

There is always some militarist willing to do ‘something really stupid.’

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GW - August 22, 2017

Nah – he’s buckled under – more of (highly profitable) same in Afghanistan.

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yourcousin - August 18, 2017

How is one, “Half American”?

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Aengus Millen - August 21, 2017

My mother is irish I’ve lived part of my life in Ireland

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yourcousin - August 22, 2017

But you’re either a citizen or you’re not. It’s actually one of the great things about America. It’s not about ethnicity. Anyone can come here and people are literally dying to do it and be an American.

Maybe I’m speaking past you and you may have dual citizenship and feel culturally Irish etc. but among all the things to attack about America the idea of being a full American no matter where you are born is something to celebrate.

Again not trying to put words in your mouth or ascribe positions to you that you’re not taking (which is what it seems as I type this), but the idea of “hyphenated” Americans as “full blooded” Americans is pretty awesome and something I want to celebrate.

Especially in the face of violent reactionary forces which proclaim themselves as a somehow “truer” Americans.

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Aengus Millen - August 22, 2017

You’re absolutely right I maybe phrased it badly. I am entitled to all parts of American citizenship and am as American as any of my neighbors. There’s almost no part of American culture and legacy that I am more proud of then the birthright citizenship secured under the 14th amendment. This is a policy that Ireland shamefully let Michael McDowell talk it out of in 2002. I can see how with Trump and others terrible rhetoric on white supremacy and immigration my phrasing might have seemed unfortunate. I guess I feel I should emphasize my Irish connection on this Irish blog but I didn’t mean that as any kind of endorsement of tiered citizenship in America

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