Skip to comments.Newt Brings Gaelic Fury To The GOP Race
Posted on 01/23/2012 10:45:21 AM PST by RoosterRedux
"Kit" Daugherty's fine broth of a boy just upended Republican politics.
Newt Gingrich's winning streak may not last. But, until then, American voters have front row seats to enjoy something very old. Julius Caesar's troops experienced it when they landed in Britannia in 55 B.C. CNN's John King just experienced it too. And he's still walking funny - which is a lucky break for him.
After South Carolina's GOP primary, Mitt Romney's missing a few teeth.
How did this happen? Well, Governor Romney, shake hands with Gaelic fury.
The Gaelic Fury is Newt Gingrich, son of Kathleen Daugherty and one Newton Leroy McPherson. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Newt was raised by his Mom and stepdad after his parents divorced. Most honorably, Gingrich's step-father adopted Newt and gave him his name.
Newt proudly calls the late Robert Gingrich (a career Army officer) his father. And, just as, until recently, only the Italians knew Rick Santorum was Italian, most people don't know that Newt Gingrich is a son of the Emerald Isle. Besides being a politician, Gingrich is a former college professor and a very learned man - an Emory graduate, with a Masters and a Ph.D from Tulane. That, too, is only fitting for a man whose birth parents' ancestors came from the Land of Saints and Scholars.
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My prayers belong to Newt Gingrich!
Anyone have an Irish ping list? LOL
Romney speaks to neither (but he looks awfully presidential staring off at the horizon, eh?).
It’ll be interesting to see at what point Gingrich’s bloodline meets up with Reagan’s. Some genealogist will let us know before too long. Maybe even connect them to O’Bama.
Gaelic blood is very common among US Presidents: Barky, Clinton, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Ulysses Grant, William McKinley, John F. Kennedy, and one of the best: Ronald Reagan.
God invented alcohol to keep the Irish from taking over the world.
Newton Daugherty-Macpherson-Gingrich wait till the Irish part of the family/country hears this.
The Newt minority vote: Gaelic-Americans LOL
Remember John “Kerry” with his adopted Gaelic name riding in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade...100 Phony!!!
When Newt converted back to Catholicism, he said he experienced an inner peace he had never know before.
Remember John “Kerry” with his adopted Gaelic name riding in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade...100% Phony!!!
Came home to his roots.
Amusing, but I still like Santorum.
Scots Irish helped win the Revolutionary War. They hated the British. More of them volunteered than any other group (based on an article I read several years ago).
I do, too.
Not that I know about.
I hadn’t thought about that!
Bred by English gamekeepers in the 19th to assist in guarding estates, the Bullmastiff is known as the Gamekeeper's Night Dog.
Scotch/Irish blood is common and revered in the South, but not the one in the pic.
Some of my ancestors just missed his path. Were later literally burned out of AL during Reconstruction, for resisting the corrupt occupation criminals.
They went GTT. Been here ever since.
Probably one of the most ridiculous behaviours of obamalamadindong, among many policy acts and other behaviours, was his trip to Ireland and the claiming of an Irish relation......complete with a confused attempt at a psuedo irish/english accent that was horrible and just plain pandering. Trying to link to the teddy kennedy wing of the dems. Meanwhile jimmah cahtah says newt exhibits “subtle racism” when he talks about welfare queens (NOT, jimmmah- newt is talking about failed socialism and people who will live off the teat forever under obama).
What a confused mess a person this obambi is— and it has a LOT to do with who he really is-— an unwanted child raised by dutiful but sick socialist grandparents who hates his white side even more for doing so. A dangerous combination for the survival of our republic. Deo Vindice.
Indeed true. There would not be a United States were it not for the Ulster plantation immigrants that came to Philadelphia, and then spread out to the frontier (where the english descended plantation owners of the coastal colonies wanted them and subsidized them with land, as protection from the Indians attacking, as the frontier moved out).
They stayed in the mountains, too. And their celt brethren from Canada helped oust the brits in both the French Indian war (where Genl Washington fought for the British) and later in the Revolution in which we removed british rule.
The thread running through all of this was Freedom from colonial tyranny of George III and taxation without representation. The basis of the TEA party (taxed enough already). Not people to be crossed.
Now I like him even better - and I’m not even Irish, I just wish I were. (Mr. Inspectorette and I are huge Celtic Thunder fans, and have fallen in love with everything Gaelic. Mr. Inspectorette is Scots-Irish.)
How well would this be received if it was about a black candidate?
The title smacks of past intolerance and bigotry against Irish immigrants.
Lots of Generals and politicians in America were Scots-Irish (Ulster Irish or Protestant Irish.) Ref: Born Fighting - How the Scots-Irish Shaped America by James Webb. (Examples Boone, Lewis and Clark, Crockett, Houston, Patton, Grant, Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Reagan, Clinton.)
However it seems that Newt, as a Catholic, would wear the green rather than the orange.
Just so you know:
Doherty and its many variants - (O’) Dogherty, Docherty, Dougharty, etc., comes from the Irish “O’ Dochartaigh,” from “dochartach,” meaning “unlucky” or “hurtful.”
The original Dochartach, from whom the clan descend, lived in the tenth century and has traditionally been claimed as twelfth in lineal descent from Conall Gulban, son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the fifth-century monarch supposedly responsible for kidnapping St Patrick to Ireland, and progenitor of the great tribal grouping of the “Ui Neill.” The original homeland of the O’Dohertys was in the barony of Raphoe in County Donegal, with the chief seat at Ardmire in the parish of Kilteevoge. They remained powerful chiefs in the area for five hundred years, until the defeat and execution of Sir Cahir O’Doherty in the seventeenth century. - from the Little Book of Irish Clans by John Grenham
What about the MacPhersons
I'm thinking of doing it myself. When my Irish-American grandfather was being born and his mom was having a potentially fatal labor with him, her priest was called and he chose "the life of the baby over the life of the mother", even though she had 16 previous children. This caused some of the grown sons to convert to Protestant in outrage. His widowed father shortly drank himself to death in his own pub, and the boy, frequently reminded that he had "killed" his mother, was raised by shuttling among religiously warring relatives.
When suitably grown, Pop married a Scots Protestant girl largely because they were both orphans and had been living at the mercy of embattled relatives. So they "set up housekeeping" on their own and fought like true Scots-Irish until my grandfather's deathbed conversion to Protestantism 55 years later -- largely because my grandma had called for the Protestant minister, and Pop had not darkened the inside of a church of either faith for the same 55 years.
My Scots-American grandma had brought up all their offspring as Protties, and I was born to one of the daughters who married a Prottie, although her various siblings married Catholics and our cousin group was about evenly divided Catholic/Protestant. And divided we were, with all the adults fighting over the dinner table at every holiday over Kennedy vs Nixon, or Roe v Wade vs Life, or Affirmative Action vs hiring for merit. All the Catholics just happened to be Democrat and all the Protties Republican, so I was happy with the status quo of being Protestant on political grounds alone.
But as my own life slouches towards the inevitable, and now that the Democrats' embrace of partial-birth abortion and assorted other impieties have made it safer to be a Republican and a Catholic, I'm considering it. I'm tired of the flaccid lack of Biblical authority (which, in Catholicism, is based on traditional scholarship) that is the Protestant free-for-all, swirling the drain of deconstructionist moral relativism and homosexual insurrection. When I read "the land of saints and scholars" in reference to Ireland in this American Thinker article, my heart leapt.
I like Gingrich. I like Santorum. I liked Cain. I hope and pray the three of them have prominent roles in our next administration. I want to see Palin as Secretary of Energy, to resurrect that long-awaited and vital oil pipeline on earth, and the Christian men resurrecting an utterly indispensable pipeline to righteousness in our dangerously heathenized nation.
Unlucky or hurtful for the Houses of FDR and Obama, one earnestly hopes.
I like your US Grant picture. That’s who Newt reminds me of.
My thoughts exactly!
Oh, yeah, one of my favorite voices ever...Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy. Hardscrabble, rockin, definitely a cowboy!
Most of those you mention are Scots not Irish.
I'll defer to the experts but aren't the Gaels of Scotland and the Gaels of Ireland basically the same people, descended from the same king and living 11 miles from each other for centuries? Do the Scottish look down their noses at the Irish? I would think any of them with the slightest sense of adventure and ambition would have left for America long ago. The people that stayed aren't terribly interesting.
She appreciates our decision more after almost 20 years, during which I have not moved back "home" with children and no plans to leave, like some of her friends' children ... and also, my parents have more grandchildren than almost anyone they know. They come for Baptisms, First Communions, or Confirmations when they can, and always send a card and a present.
About the time that automobiles were introduced, they invented a dance called "The McPherson Strut."
Going from memory
The Scots are a combination of Celts, Picts with a little Saxon and perhaps Viking throw in. Where as the Irish are pure Celts. I am unsure if Picts are in fact Celts, but if memory serves me correctly Irish Celts invaded Scotland and mingled with the Picts to make Scots. So yeah, Irish and Scots are almost the same peoples but not entirely so. Dido the Welsh, also mostly Celtic.
Hopefully someone that knows more then I can educate us a bit more on the history of the Celts in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the last strong hold of the great Celtic peoples.
In fact, Newt Gingrich is more German by ancestry than Irish, after all. Grandfather Robert Kerstetter married three times and had 10 legitmate children, but did not marry Newt's Grandmother.
You'll hear more about this if he's nominated. It's to Newt's credit that he was able to overcome obstacles, but politicians do get attacked because of their relatives.
The name Macpherson — or MacPherson or McPherson, according to different spellings — comes from the Gaelic “Mac a’ Phearsain” which means “Son of the Parson.”
The Parson in question was Muriach, a 12th Century parson, or lay preacher (in the Gaelic “pearsain” or “pears-eaglais,” literally “person of the church”) had a different meaning. Before the Reformation in Highland Scotland, the religious leader of a parish was a priest and the parson was the steward of church property, responsible for the collection of tithes. The history of Clan Macpherson has been called “The Posterity of the Three Brethren” as the three grandsons of Muriach are the antecedents of the three main clan families, Cluny, Pitmain, and Invereshie. - from Wikipedia
I think/hope that Obama, with his murky history, has changed that narrative.
DIdn’t realize that Wiki has that kind of information.
I knew that “MacPherson” was of Scottish origin, meant “Son of the Parson” but did not know the exact origin. Also, it wouldn’t be in my “Little Book of Irish Clans” or my “Clans and Families of Ireland.”
I just “wiki’d” -—”origin of the name macpherson.” And voila!
Newt has changed dramatically. Here are some FR links about his conversion.
Newt Brings Gaelic Fury To The GOP Race (some personal family history)
Newt Gingrich Attacks Fashionable Anti-Catholic Bigotry
Newt Gingrich: What Kind of Catholic Is He? [Born Lutheran, Turned Baptist, Now Catholic]
Newt Gingrich: Americas Next Catholic President?
Clemson Palmetto Poll finds Gingrich (38%) momentum growing, most S.C. GOP voters still uncommitted
Gingrich Threatens GOP's Chance to Nab Independents
The Evangelical Case for Newt Gingrich
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics [ecumenical}
Newt Gingrich on Catholicism and JPII
Why Newt Gingrich Converted to Catholicism
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Opens Up on Catholic Conversion and Embracing 'Overt Christianity'
Newt Gingrich on his conversion to Catholicism
Gingrich Keeps Quiet on Catholic Conversion (received into Church over the past weekend)
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich conversion details; plans release of JP2 documentary
Gingrich to Become Catholic During Easter Season
The Newt Evangelization: Gingrich to become Catholic
We will welcome you with open arms. See if you can find a priest that you can sit down with and talk. Maybe this website would help.
You might call around and find a RCIA class and sit in on it for the rest of the year. (It’s a little late for the Easter Vigil and the grand entry of many into the Catholic Church.)
And BTW, there are many of us who are staunch Republicans AND Catholics here on FR!
Thanks so much for your testimony too! You have lived through the tick and the thin of it all, haven’t you?
OUr family were Gardeners and Singers IIRC
Are they in your clan book?