“If I were a unionist..”

In addressing the ad hominem nature of Niall O’Dowd’s recent attempts to distract from his original mis-direction on the US Secretary of State and the non-appointment of a political envoy, Niall Stanage makes contact with the head of the nail. [Adds Niall has provided an Internet Explorer-friendly version].

It seems reasonable to wonder why Irish Central and the Irish Voice have repeatedly used language that serves to distort my position regarding the North of Ireland. Does the use of that language have anything to do with the fact that I am from a Protestant background, a point that has been raised as an implicit criticism of me in the Irish Voice before?

I was reluctant to get into this whole topic because it is, in my view, irrelevant: If I were a unionist, would that render my views of Irish America invalid?

And on a lighter note..

One final, lighter point: Mr. O’Dowd’s most recent Irish Central article makes reference to me as “a part-time musician”. This is flat-out weird but also fairly amusing. I’d be the last one to denigrate the importance or power of music in general. However, on a point of information, I have not played music publicly since around 1996 or 1997, at which time I was 22 or 23 years old. Does this qualify as being a “part-time musician”? Would Mr. O’Dowd describe Bill Clinton as a “part-time saxophonist”?

Curiouser and curiouser…