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Unions. Irish Catholics whose ancestors came here, were treated as bad or worse than blacks, who got the most dangerous [lousy] jobs because a slave was too valuable to risk, and whose families have been teamsters and longshoremen and coal miners since.

There's some truth to that. But at risk of ignoring that other "poor whites" received much the same treatment, long after slavery was ended, by which I mean, a Baptist or Congregationalist sort faced very much the same hazards.

Somehow...the Baptists didn't end up the slaves of labor unions. Were they naturally or genetically "smarter"? I'd say that is highly doubtful. But there must be something of what they were taught in their own religious traditions which has led them to more strenuosly object to the machinations of the radical left (who have long been leveraging pro labor union sentiments).

91 posted on 03/21/2013 9:52:06 AM PDT by BlueDragon (the beatings will continue until morale improves)
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To: BlueDragon
Somehow...the Baptists didn't end up the slaves of labor unions. Were they naturally or genetically "smarter"? I'd say that is highly doubtful. But there must be something of what they were taught in their own religious traditions which has led them to more strenuosly object to the machinations of the radical left (who have long been leveraging pro labor union sentiments).

A lot of Baptists were killed during colonial and post colonial days, but most of them were driven out - it was the NE Catholics and the Quakers that took the brunt of Republican Reformist anger. The Baptists went South and established plantations (along with the firm establishment of the slave trade in the US). Where were the Irish to go?

It wasn't the Irish who rejected the Republican Party. It was the Republican Party who rejected the immigrant Catholics of the late 1800s. It takes generations to erase that sort of rejection. For example, look at the Serbs and the Croats - brothers, really, but bitter enemies.

94 posted on 03/21/2013 10:54:43 AM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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Somehow...the Baptists didn't end up the slaves of labor unions. Were they naturally or genetically "smarter"? I'd say that is highly doubtful. But there must be something of what they were taught in their own religious traditions which has led them to more strenuosly object to the machinations of the radical left (who have long been leveraging pro labor union sentiments). How much of this was due to location. You tended to find Irish, Italians, and Poles in the North east which was where the industrial center was located. Baptists were/are found more in the south in the Bible belt agrarian area.
95 posted on 03/21/2013 11:27:11 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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