It will be as hard to find in the Mainstream Media anything truthful or positive about Ian Paisley, who died on September 12th, 2014, as it is to find anything truthful or positive about Sen. Joe McCarthy. Since the MSM eulogizes perverts, Leftists, traitors, atheists and weaklings, this tells us much about Ian Paisley. Today, I have seen several negative blogs about him on Free Republic, which bear out what we often claim on this website, which is that the MSM’s influence corrupts all who have contact with it-even conservatives!
To properly understand the emergence of Paisley on to the political scene of Ulster in the early 1960’s, his central role there for two decades and his Media-created reputation as a thoroughly wicked man, it is necessary to understand the background of the politics of the Island that divided into two parts.
Paisley, as his name implies is of Scottish descent. Some 400 years ago, Scotsmen often crossed the short strip of ocean which separates Scotland from Ireland, and settled mostly in the 6 Counties known as Ulster. When Oliver Cromwell subdued the Irish and annexed the whole Island for England, a Landed Aristocracy of Englishmen was imposed on the Gaelic tribes all across Ireland. These landowners were not the same stock as the Scots of Ulster but they did share the same broad religion of Protestantism. The native Irish people were Catholics and some might say that their backwardness had much to do with their religion, for the Catholic Church was more than a conservative force. It is best described-until recent times- as a force of oppression, idolatry, privilege, corruption and was responsible for keeping the masses in ignorance. The Scots invaders were a sturdy, warlike people and in time proved to be both industrious and inventive.
The story of England’s arrogant, exploitive and neglectful treatment of the subjugated Gaelic tribes, which culminated in the mass starvation triggered by the Potato Famine in the years 1845 to 1852, has been accurately told by reputable historians and retold and retold by Leftist historians working to a modern political agenda. The history of the World is full of such episodes of domination and subjection. There are few Peoples who have not been both perpetrators and victims at some point. Most Peoples consign such episodes to the past but a few prefer to dwell in them and wallow in resentment and hatred. Such unwillingness to move on inevitably allows psychopaths and malcontents to agitate and assume a bloody leadership that benefits only themselves. By the late 1800’s the growing Communist (International) movement had attached itself to the valid Nationalist Movement in Dublin, seeking to turn Nationalist sentiment into revolutionary Socialism. From this point on there were fissures in the struggle to establish Irish independence from the UK and these were bloodily played out in the uprising of 1916 and in the immediate period after the founding of the Irish Free State in 1922.
Besides the competing ideologies of Nationalism and Socialism, the Island that is Ireland also had the competing religions of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, and a population divided between those who wished to remain a part of the UK and those who did not. The European (World) War that began in 1914 and pitted the UK against Germany and Austria added a further confusing element as many Nation’s internal politics were often overshadowed by the bloodbath of Europe.
Before the founding of the Irish Free State in 1922, Protestants were spread all across Ireland and included Landowners and British civil servants but also many who were integrated into Irish society, who were considered ‘Irish’ and who contributed to the Irish intellectual and artistic world.
The Potato Famine led to many poor Irish Catholic farm workers migrating to the USA’s North Eastern cities, taking their resentments and rabid anti-English sentiments with them. The Catholic Church in Eire and the USA harbored the anti-Anglo sentiments and they still exist today. The anti-Christian revolution of the Media Class and its Leftist allies here in the USA and the rise of Islamic Imperialism abroad is only now convincing the Church that those old resentments are obsolete and Christians need to unite. Protestants from Ireland also migrated to the USA, taking with them skills and energy, and, unlike the Catholics, were soon integrated into American society.
Back in Ireland, independence led to the informal expulsion of Protestants from the new Irish Free State, and many moved to Ulster to reinforce the large Six Counties enclave of Scots/Irish farmers and industrial workers of Belfast. The deal that led to the foundation of the antecessor of Eire also reserved most of Ulster as a continuing part of the UK under the legal title of ‘Northern Ireland’ with a Parliament (Stormont) in Belfast. Northern Ireland enjoyed many of its own government powers, separate from the UK, but did send a small number of MP’s to Westminster, where they joined forces with the Conservative Party. At this point the UK Conservative Party was a Unionist Party and thus considered to be a Nationalist Party.
It is worth recording – for it illustrates how muddied was the Irish situation under the surface and why resentments have played such a big part in Anglo Irish relations – the Irish Republicans of the Leftist end of the spectrum, took advantage of the UK’s bloody struggle in Europe to stage an uprising in Dublin in Easter 1916. This was despite huge numbers of Catholic Irishmen fighting alongside English, Scots and Welshmen in the trenches of Flanders. After independence in 1922, the Irish Nationalists crushed the Leftists in their ranks and set about governing from Dublin. This small but significant civil war gave rise to the Irish Republican Army which had as its goal the overthrow of the Dublin and Belfast Governments and the establishment of a Socialist united Ireland. This IRA also became divided between ‘Green’ and ‘Red’ factions. The Dublin Government remained anti-British but ruthlessly suppressed the IRA in the Republic but allowed it to operate from the South against Ulster. The IRA’s factions were committed to terrorist tactics against Ulster for they lacked a strong base in the South and had only minority support in Ulster.
It is also worth recording these points. In the Second World War the Eire Government remained neutral and German soldiers strutted around the streets of Dublin. The many Southern Irish men who joined the British Army and – as in the First World War fought heroically – were shunned and persecuted when they returned to the Republic after the war. Many moved to the UK, along with millions of others who sought a better life, for the UK opened its doors to them and Irish citizens were always allowed unrestricted entry and had the right to vote. The Catholic minority in Ulster could have left and moved south to Eire (not many miles!) after Independence but some three quarters of a million did not do so. Instead they stayed in parts of Belfast, Londonderry and other places, openly disloyal to the UK, clinging to their religion but rarely religious, consequently and understandably suffering discrimination, and providing fodder and a safe haven for the IRA. Often dependent on welfare provided by the UK’s taxpayers, they developed ghettos where Ulster’s forces of law and order had little control. T hey began to outbreed the Protestants, so that the Protestant majority faced eventual minority status and inclusion in the hostile Republic. To contain the IRA and its terrorism, the Ulster Government formed the B Specials, a militarized police unit that was both ruthless and effective in rooting out and frustrating terrorists, especially near the border. The two communities in Ulster remained openly hostile, as is often the case when people of very different cultures find themselves together in one political entity.
Not much happened from the 1930’s until the 1960’s, when the UK’s Media Class began to dominate politics. Its leadership and power emanated from the tax-payer funded BBC. No doubt, like most of the Media in the UK and the USA, the Media had always been Left leaning, but by the mid 1960’s the BBC was a revolutionary force masquerading as an objective newsgathering body of journalists. It was almost certainly also infested with a network of perverts. From this time on – and probably much helped by the BBC’s clever doctoring of news – the Labour Party moved Left, becoming anti-patriotic, and the Conservative Party began abandoning its Nationalist commitments. The attraction of the EU for the Big Business that funded the Conservative Party and the anti-patriotism of the graduates of schools and universities were other factors that disturbed the consensus that had long existed both on the mainland and in Northern Ireland. A new generation of Leftists emerged from college in Northern Ireland, many of them claiming to be Catholics and for the workers, but in fact peddling a new immorality and fashionable anti-authority.
In Northern Ireland, the Unionist Party was rather like the Republican Party in today’s America. The leadership was elitist and comfortable and convinced that power was their right. They regarded Ulster’s working Protestant people as voting fodder that could be whipped up with patriotic speeches at election times. However, the effect of the internationalist EU (dedicated to erasing Nation States) and the Media’s affection for the ‘Catholic’ Leftist revolutionaries who masqueraded as ‘civil rights’ fighters prompted a backlash of Ulster’s Protestant workers. The nearness of an alien and hostile State and the presence of terrorists, indeed the fragility of their position, had ensured that patriotic conservative organizations in Ulster had survived at a time when the conservative working people of the UK were apathetic and surrendering their country to mass immigration and the EU.
The Loyalists of Ulster (ordinary working people) sensed that the Ruling Class of the UK would willingly sell them out for entry into Europe and to appease the emerging new Media Class. The Orange Orders that had kept alive their traditions were one source of resistance to betrayal but the Protestant Churches were another. It became clear to Ulstermen that the old Unionist Party would not fight, dominated as it was by men who were too cozy at Westminster, and that the Conservative Party under Edward Heath was anything but patriotic and Christian. At this point the Rev. Ian Paisley emerged, combining old-fashioned Biblical Protestantism and Nationalism.
Before combating the bloodthirsty terrorism of the IRA, it was necessary for the people to replace their leaders. Paisley denounced the Unionist leaders, who found themselves challenged from the Right for the first time. In 1970, Paisley stood against the Unionist leader, Capt Terence O’Neill in a bye-election and resoundingly beat him by winning the Bannside seat in Stormont’s Parliament.
I must mention some personal experiences here. I was still at this time a Leftist but several, seemingly disconnected events, began to shift my perspectives. One was being present in a Greek Cypriot restaurant in Soho where I regularly dined and was friendly with the waiters. A radio report mentioned the shooting in the back of a British soldier in Famagusta and the waiters cheered. This was the time of EOKA and anti-Imperialism. Despite my belief in internationalism, I felt very uncomfortable, for that soldier was one of my people.
Later, I found myself involved with a poor family where the breadwinner was a sick Ulsterman. He had pictures of King Billy on the walls. When he died, his four brothers came over from Belfast for the funeral and for the first time I met Ulster working men. They were poorly dressed in threadbare suits but doing their best to dress for a somber occasion. It was clear that these men, whose hands were rough and strong, worked hard for a living, valued their dignity, possessed old fashioned virtues that the BBC reporters and their ilk sneered at, and were the kind of working men who had long been the backbone of the UK I knew – and which was fast disappearing. Shortly after this funeral, Paisley won Bannside and the BBC showed a little of his victory speech with a commentary designed to portray him as a ‘firebrand’, extremist and dinosaur. His loud voice, words and demeanor, as he told O’Neill that his time was up and that the game was up for the old guard of the Unionist Party, convinced me that here was the authentic voice of good working people. I was convinced that Paisley would not sell out the Ulster people, and so it proved over the ensuing years.
The father of 5 children, happily married, a defender of traditional moral values, a patriot, never mincing his words and a fearless but principled opponent of the IRA, Paisley showed great physical courage, for the IRA were at that time the most ruthless and cold-blooded terrorist the 20th Century had witnessed. They killed their own people just as readily as they murdered opponents. Sometimes, as in his verbal attacks on the Pope, Paisley was his own worst enemy, but in this era of politicians and Churchmen who have no guts and even less principles, he has been a breath of fresh air and an inspiration.
It is a terrible reflection of the Alice-in-Wonderland times in which we live in, that this brave and principled man, by all accounts a kindly gentleman in his private life, will be vilified by every Media outlet and mindlessly condemned by many ignorant conservatives in the USA, whilst the killers of the IRA will be eulogized and history books corrupted by lies.
Not on this Website! Ian Paisley, we salute you for you were a good man.
N.B. The BNP website has a good article on Ian Paisley.