Tuesday 16 January 2018

Obama came and dispelled the nation's toxic shame

President reminded us of the dignity we think we have lost, but do we dare take up his challenge, asks Eamon Keane

HE came and told us we could be free of our new slavery. Said it doesn't have to be this way. Told us we had endured worse. We who had helped build America. We who had left here in coffin ships navigating with only the twin stars of faith and hope to guide us. We believed and dared to hope one fine spring afternoon on the day the 44th American president came to town.

As President Barack Obama spoke last Monday he nullified the verse of the German and European bureaucrats who see us as a feckless nation, deserving of our debt fate. Obama dared us to question the narrative that says we must lie down on bended knee. -- the Irish Euro-Slaves ripe for more exploitation.

We are beaten now not so much by our past as by our present and future. Beaten by a Europe that would strangle us under the guise of doing what's best for us. Beaten to the point where men in increasing numbers take their own life in this country. Beaten by mediocrity and abuse in our political and civil governance systems. We have been imprisoned for the debts of others. And why do we accept it so easily?

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