As usual every year, we (that’s me, myself & I = RobFather-X, and we are One) will be happy when all of the silliness of American St. Patrick’s Day (SPD) is over. Many of the people in America who “celebrate” the day haven’t a drop of Irish blood, ancestry or heritage nor do they know or understand the history and meaning behind the observance or “holiday”. Many in America seem more concerned with dressing up in green, pulling “Irish” pranks, pretending to be Irish and drinking anything that’s colored green than with educating themselves to the point of appreciation of another country’s culture, history and people as well as that country’s sacred holiday(s) and the reasons for them. As such, we consider many of the people who choose to “celebrate’ St. Patrick’s Day in a carefree, intentionally ignorant manner to be arrogant and disrespectful fools.
Many of our fellow Americans are so quick to engage in certain cultural observances that it makes them look pathetic whenever they participate. We see this ignorance and hypocrisy happen yearly with calendar observances like Valentine’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Easter, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Christmas, for example. Speaking of Christmas, many people would swear or argue others down if ever someone were to tell them that holidays like Christmas is in fact, originally a pagan holiday; one stolen by Christians to designate and celebrate the actually unknown and undocumented birthday of their “savior” Jesus Christ. How interesting that the Bible is absent of that important information. Maybe God forgot to tell Man to record that data! For all we know, Jesus Christ was born on our birthday! Yeah…let us go with that!
Now why – you might ask, did we mention “God” and “Jesus Christ” in this writing? How the hell does Christianity relate to this commentary? Well, if you knew anything about St. Patrick you would not have to ask that question! But I digress.
Since the calendar – as of this writing, is set on March 17 to celebrate (for another fifteen minutes) St. Patrick’s Day, we challenge many of you SPD revelers – after your “Irish” debauchery is over, that is – and long after you’ve recovered from your green beer hangover, to ask someone to briefly explain just WHO the fuck was Saint Patrick (and what was his real or full name), what the hell IS a leprechaun, what is a “shamrock” and where it can be found or is grown and to name the historical significance behind this particular Irish holiday. Better yet, ask someone who had such a hard-on for St. Patrick’s Day to tell you where Ireland is and who, what or where is Downpatrick. Ask them to name TWO other rock bands (besides the band U2) that are from Ireland and to explain that country’s relationship to another sovereign nation on that side of “the pond”. You may be hard pressed to find someone who can correctly answer these questions without first hitting up the Internet via their smart phone or iPad. What you might find humorously interesting is the answers given by some people with Irish surnames.
So yes, we cannot wait until the American St. Patrick’s Day bullshit is over. In fact, it has long been our desire to someday see the elimination of the St. Patrick’s Day stricken from the American calendar. We realize that’s just a pipe dream but we can wish.
(who, for all you know, might have some Irish blood, knows some Irish history and yearly takes offense to American St. Patrick’s Day hypocrisy.)