Dara Kelly, writing in the liberal online journal The Irish Times, says the ongoing battle over St. Patrick’s Day over who can march is making conservatives into fossils. Is she right? Does she understand liberty? Even for those who hold the “wrong” views? Liberty questions aside does it make sense for the conservatives to fight the last battle?
So the question isn’t when – but how – conservative political leaders will move on from this incendiary issue to ones where they can be assured of gaining more political traction.
Which brings us back to our own intractable gay rights battle: the ongoing feud over gay groups marching in our New York Saint Patrick’s Day parade.
After World War II Winston Churchill noticed that the Irish had a remarkable capacity to keep a feud running long, long after its expiration date…
His exasperation is shared by modern day observers contemplating the disastrous legacy of the New York Parade Committee. How is it that they keep on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, critics ask?
Supporters of parade Chairman John Dunleavy – and indeed the Chairman himself – are more and more beginning to resemble the legendary Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda, the man who kept on fighting World War II for 30 years after it ended.
Will conservatives look back and say “What were we thinking of when we opposed SSM”?