Excerpt from A History of the Irish Parliamentary Party, Vol. 1: Butt and Parnell: Nationhood and Anarchy, the Curse of the American Money 'But for the English, Ireland would be a nation.' I may fairly class this statement as familiar to all who have heard of Irish politics. 'Ireland would be a nation, but for the Irish.' This truth, as fundamental as the former, is at any rate less popular west of the Irish Sea. Yet at epoch of Irish history since first the Normans and Welshmen of the Plantagenet landed on the shores of Leinster has it ceased for a moment to dominate the situation. The princes of the McCarthys and O'Briens who rushed to fling themselves on their knees before Henry II of England and Anjou, the Irish bishops and abbots who met in council to ratify the Pope's concession of His Holiness's Irish island to His Holiness's Filius Dilectus at Westminster, have had an unbroken succession of similar spirits. Our generation has added a variation or amplification to the eternal verities of the past. 'But for the Irish Americans, Ireland would be a nation.' The part which the dollars of the comfortable multitudes, oratorically kwn to Dublin audiences as Our Exiled Brethern, have played in the demoralisation and denationalisation of Irish Ireland - much more than in disaffection anywhere - is apparently unsuspected by the profoundest critics of Irish events who hail from any country outside of Ireland. In Ireland itself the operation of the American dollars has naturally t tended to invite independent criticism, which would mean personal exposures. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.