Donald the Dumb Got Another Needed History Lesson…
From the Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny.

Donald the Dumb celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in the East Room of the White House with Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny. Interestingly, Kenny gave him a needed history lesson about St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

St. Patrick

It’s fitting that we gather here each year to celebrate St Patrick and his legacy.

He too, of course, was an immigrant – and though he is of course the patron saint of Ireland, for many people around the globe he’s also a symbol of, indeed the patron of, immigrants.

Here in America, in your great country, 35-million people claim Irish heritage, and the Irish have contributed to the economic, social, political, and cultural life of this great country over the last 200 years.

Ireland came to America because, deprived of liberty, deprived of opportunity, of safety, of even food itself, the Irish believed – and four decades before Lady Liberty lifted her lamp – we were the wretched refuse on the teeming shore.

We believed in the shelter of America, in the compassion of America, in the opportunity of America.

We came, and we became Americans. We lived the words of John F. Kennedy long before he uttered them. We asked not what America could do for us, but what we could do for America – and we still do.

I think that Kenny toyed with the notion to give Donald the Dumb a more extensive lesson about St. Patrick and immigrants, Donald the Dumb’s father being an immigrant, and JFK. However, Kenny merely mentioned to America’s wannabe president a summary of facts. This photo was telling regarding how both men felt about immigration.

Prime Minister, Enda Kenny teaching Donald the Dumb

The following photo presents a close-up of both leaders’ faces.

I don’t think Donald the Dumb liked Kenny’s history lesson.

Since Kenny thought that Donald the Dumb would interrupt his history lesson like he did during the debates with Clinton, he merely touched the surface on a history lesson about St. Patrick. Therefore, I will pick up the teaching mantle and carry on with the lecture.

The interesting thing about St. Patrick’s Day is that tradition has it that he died on March 17th in 460. However, what was his life like? Most scholars agree that his family wasn’t particularly religious. Nevertheless, when Patrick was 16 years old, some Irish raiders came to Dumbarton, Scotland and kidnapped him. They took him as a slave to Ireland. There is a debate whether Patrick was taken to near Mount Slemish in County Antrim or to Killala in County Mayo.

Patrick was forced to be a shepherd and turned to religion to help him cope. During this time, he had a dream about converting the Irish to Christianity. As a response to his dream, he escaped and walked to the coast and returned back to Britain. However, he had another dream, in which an angel told him to return to Ireland.

I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: "The Voice of the Irish". As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea—and they cried out, as with one voice: "We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.

Patrick became a priest and did return to Ireland. This is what Kenny alluded to regarding St. Patrick being an immigrant. As an immigrant, he could take symbols of the nature-based religion like the bonfire and morphed it into a Christian symbol related to Easter. The pagans also used the sun as a religious symbol. Patrick merely used that symbol with the Christian cross thus creating the Celtic cross. He used the shamrock as a means to express the Trinity.

There are a couple things that St. Patrick did not do, which was to banish snakes out of Ireland and drive them into the sea. The reason Patrick didn’t do this was that snakes were never in Ireland. However, it didn’t take long for St. Patrick to have been the cause for the lack of snakes in Ireland.

Finally, the other things that did not happen regarding St. Patrick was that he was never canonized, which back in his day was done very soon after a person’s death. I have never come across a reason why a pope did not make him a saint.

When Donald the Dumb reads this essay, he will tweet that my mini-lecture was a fake lecture. As with fake news, it means that my essay rattled him. Hence, it was fake.

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