On Tue, 14 Apr 1998, SAHENRYATY wrote:
> To Neil, re "I can't understand why Irish want to be British" -
> (inferred or American)
> Coming from Irish stock, and being an American, I can understand your
> position and also wonder why Irish would want to be British.
I wasn't the one who asked why the Irish would want to be British -- I
think it's a pointless question, like asking why a black in the U.S.
whose ancestors were enslaved would feel proud to be an American.
> However, I can understand why they might want to be American. It's
> called Prosperity. Wealth.
Oh good god, not another USA-OK cheerleader. This may come as a
total shock to you but there are actually poor people in the U.S. and
prosperous people outside it. Perhaps you could visit the descendants of
the Irish settlers in South Boston or Appalachia and ask them how they
like being wealthy.
From what? Your crime rate is (much) higher than that of the UK or
Ireland. And despite your much-vaunted constitution you're no more free
from government intrusion than are the British or Irish.
> Lower taxes.
... which has its down side as well, such as deteriorating schools
and unequal access to health care.
> Don't think you can say that for the Brits.
Not only are you wrong in imagining that Britain is some kind of
impoverished hole as compared with the Yoo-Ess-Ay, you're also
overlooking the fact that the economy of the UK is roughly equal in
strength to that of the Republic of Ireland -- if you judge nations by
their GDP or whatever then you must rate Ireland as being just as bad as
the UK, and your anti-British outlook then becomes anti-Irish as well.