St. Patrick’s Day is usually a time for sentimentally celebrating Irish heritage and, in the United States, for highlighting the contributions that Irish Americans make to our common life.
But this year we need something more. This is a day to do more than toast Ireland; it is a day to offer Ireland moral support as, crippled by the worst economic debacle in almost a century, it struggles to defend its economic and political independence against growing pressure from its partners in the EU.
St. Patrick is famous for, among other things, driving the snakes out of Ireland. Sadly, he could not also get rid of the bankers and politicians, and that is why St. Patrick’s Day 2011 finds Ireland under siege.(more…)