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Seanad Order of Business 10th November 2016: Election of Mr Trump as President of USA. 

Speaker: Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Irish Labour Party.

Edmund Burke once said that the only way evil can prosper is for good men to do nothing. America has just elected a fascist. And the best thing that good people in Ireland can do is to ring him up and ask him if it’s still okay to bring the Shamrock on Saint Patrick’s Day.

I’m embarrassed by the reaction by the Irish government to what’s happened in America. I can’t believe the reaction from An Taoiseach and the reaction from the government. 

And I don’t use the word “fascist” lightly. What else would you call somebody who threatens to imprison his political opponents? What else would you call somebody who threatens to not allow people of a certain religious persuasion into their country? What would you say, or how would you describe someone who was threatening to deport 10 million people? What would you say about someone who says that the media is rigged, the judiciary is rigged, the political system is rigged, and then he wins an election?

And the best we can come at with is a phone call to say “Is it still okay to bring the Shamrock?” 

I’m appalled that a member of this House, a female member of this House, went on social media to congratulate this man. 

Can I just refer this House, and the Leader of this House, to the statement from Angela Merkel: “Germany and America are connected by values of democracy and freedom and respect for the law and dignity of man. Independent of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political views. I offer the next President of the United States close cooperation on the basis of these values.” 

Can the government not understand what’s happening? We are at an ugly international crossroads. What’s happening in Britain is appalling. What’s happening across Europe is appalling. It has echoes of the 1930s. And America, the most powerful country in the world, has just elected a fascist. And the best we can come at with is from a foreign spokesperson is, “well we have to talk about foreign direct investment, we have to be conscious of American investments in Ireland.” 

There are 50 thousand Irish people, illegal, in America who, I’m quite sure, are fearful of their futures. When are we going to have the moral courage to speak in terms other than economy all the time, and to realize what is happening? If the Taoiseach of this country cannot stand as an Irishman at the crossroads of this ugly venture that the international political system is facing into and call it for what it is, then we are doing nothing. 

I am frightened. I am absolutely frightened at what is happening to this world and what’s happening to our inability to stand up against it. 

I want to congratulate Colum Eastwood of the SDLP, who has said that he won’t participate in the charade this St. Patrick’s Day. A clear challenge to other political leaders in this country who may be more interested in their fundraising capacity in America so as not to insult potential American dollars that could come into their political conference here in Ireland. 

I want to ask you, Leader, to ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs into this house, and to ask him how we are supposed to deal with this monster who has just been elected President of America. Because I don’t think any of us, in years to come, should look back at this period and not say that we did everything in our power to call it out for what it is. 

*edited to include transcript corrections by @sandra-afrika

anonymous asked:

So I'm not american, and I've been living in the USA for 3 years now. I have a pretty strong accent and I can't pronounce some sounds right no matter how hard I fucking try. I joke about if, my friends joke about it (i say "three trees" as "tree trees" etc) and it's fine. But yesterday I met an internet friend and holy fucking shit. Every sentence I said was interrupted by him YELLING the words I said wrong back at me and then throwing his head back and cackling. I felt like fucking shit.

Lord that’s awful. I hope he’s no longer an internet “friend”.

Especially annoying because English is one of the least prescriptivist languages out there. Like there are dialects of English that I have trouble understanding, but they’re entirely valid dialects. A lot of Brits think American accents sound very nasal-y (they’re right, we nasalize a ton of sounds). I know Southerners who are embarassed about their accents. Linguistic and accent diversity is a good thing.