May 8, 2010

What are we?

Joyce called it the general paralysis of the insane. Some say it's the post colonialism thing. Why do we not protest? I went to the Tralee demo a few weeks ago and I was the only one. There were only a few people out in Dublin. Why are we letting the government pay for Quinn and Seanie's gambling debts? Why do we reelect politicians exposed as corrupt? Why?

Oh we go into the streets on a non-issue like head shops. We'll call Liveline and complain to Joe Duffy about whatever the news of the day is. But when is comes to actually doing anything, the best we can come up with is a dirty look?

The Greeks are in the streets. The British are in the streets. The French are always in the streets. Where are the Irish?

I find the lack of action on the Catholic Church repulsive. Why is Brady still a prince of the church after covering up child abuse? Why are the religious orders named in the Ryan report still in charge of education? Why are their lands not seized and used to pay compensation?

We let our daughters be enslaved by the nuns because they had sex, were raped or looked too pretty. We put our children into religious reform schools, where they were beaten, raped, starved, murdered and traumatised. We exported our pedophile priests all over the world. Chances are that if you heard about a priest raping kids in other countries, that priest would be from an Irish order.

What does that make us? What does our lack of action make us?

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