Senator James Webb who is Scots-Irish has written a remarkable book "Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish... " describing a reality rarely mentioned in our egalitarian society where everyone has an equal chance of achieving success. But a thousand years of war along the Scotland/English border has resulted in certain personality types surviving this horrible history.
The aggressive and paranoid men survived and passed on these traits to those who make up the Evangelical southern USA who does not put a high priority on education and hated any person or government trying to impose rules on their life and behavior. They loved to fight and made up 70 percent of the casualties in the Civil War. President Andrew Jackson's Scots-Irish heritage was the most evident among our Presidents and the Scots-Irish make up some of the most famous generals in history such as Stone Wall Jackson and Ulysses Grant.
Equally interesting is that James Webb states that the most intelligent Europeans who were quite independent emigrated to the New England area to free themselves from the feudal states and were unusually productive. Scots-Irish started emigrating to America starting in 1690 most likely against their will and eventually settled all along the Appalachian Mountains down to Georgia and eventually spread through the South, Mid-west such as Ohio and even into Pennsylvania, and likely migrated to California during the Oklahoma area famine. Many along Appalachia are still poor and just as feisty. Some eastern Kentucky cities have a majority of Scots-Irish.
I would not be surprised if most of the most feisty healthcare reform detractors at the meetings were Scots-Irish.
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"If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual." : Frank Herbert
Jim Kawakami, Sept 21, 2009, http://jimboguy.blogspot.com
By Chris HedgesThe rage of the disposed is fracturing the country, dividing it into camps that are unmoored from the political mainstream. Movements are building on the ends of the political spectrum that have lost faith in the mechanisms of democratic change. You can't blame them. But unless we on the left move quickly this rage will be captured by a virulent and racist right wing, one that seeks a disturbing proto-fascism.
IAEA Denies Report it is Sure Iran is Seeking BombBy AFPThe UN atomic watchdog said Thursday it has no concrete proof that there is or has been a nuclear weapons programme in Iran. [Iran bought used centrifuges from Pakistan and it is not certain whether the trace of enriched uranium is from Pakistan or Iran. Jim]
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23544.htm===Obama Should Attack Israeli Jets if They Try to Attack Iran: Zbigniew Brzezinski:By Jake Tapper"We are not exactly impotent little babies," Brzezinski said. "They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? ... "
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23542.htm===McChrystal: More Forces or 'Mission Failure'By Bob WoodwardThe top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure," according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post. [War hawks leaking info.]
Blackwater involved in Bhutto and Hariri hits: former Pakistani army chief:Pakistan's former chief of army staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg (ret.), has said the U.S. private security company Blackwater was directly involved in the assassinations of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.
Jewish groups take lead on Iran sanctions:A day of advocacy in Washington last week and a rally in New York next week mark major efforts by the American Jewish community to push the issue of Iran's nuclear program to the forefront and increase the general sense of urgency to end it.