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    Re: Minority Rights

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael McMahon View Post
    Glitch: "The US military swears its allegiance to the US Constitution, not to individuals."

    I'm afraid an oath of allegiance can be easily broken.

    Also, tyranny does not solely refer to a lone individual tyrant but also instances where a majority of the population try to oppress a minority.
    You are clearly in serious need of an education. I would advise that you refrain from discussing anything that has to with US politics until you first learn something about the subject matter.

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    Re: Minority Rights

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael McMahon View Post
    There was actually an Irish Brigade that fought with the Union Army during the American Civil War. They were given their own regiments in order to increase their support for the Union.

    "... by mid-1861 the formation of an ethnically based, Irish brigade served two purposes for the North. First of all, it warned Britain (which appeared to be favoring the Confederacy, or at least openly deliberating its entry into the conflict on their behalf) that there could be Union-supported consequences in Ireland if Britain intervened (most of the brigade's leadership were known Irish revolutionaries). Secondly, it served to solidify Irish support for the Union. Many Irish were divided between supporting the Confederate States in their struggles for independence or to preserve the Union, which gave the Irish a set of rights and freedoms under the Constitution but which they had to struggle to obtain. There were also concerns by some Irish about a flood of freed slaves migrating north and competing for the lowly jobs for which they already had to scrabble. An ethnically based brigade would thus solidify the support of the largest Catholic minority for the Union cause."
    - Wikipedia


    And don't forget the Confederacy:

    "...although significantly fewer Irish lived in the Confederate States of America, six Confederate generals were Irish-born....units such as the Charleston Irish Volunteers attracted Confederate Irish-Americans in South Carolina, the 24th Georgia Volunteer Infantry followed General Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, while Irish Tennesseans could join the 10th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. A company of the Washington Blues regiment of the Missouri Volunteer Militia commanded by Colonel Joseph Kelly, was the subject of a Confederate song, "Kelly's Irish Brigade".
    The Louisiana Tigers...had a large number of Irish American members. Company E, Emerald Guard, 33rd Virginia Infantry of the Stonewall Brigade composed of Irish immigrant volunteers may have been first to make the infamous "rebel yell" at 1st Bull Run...the Davis Guard, a company of mostly Irish-American men from the Houston and Galveston area, won a lopsided victory Second Battle of Sabine Pass in 1863...
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    Irish Americans in the American Civil War - Wikipedia

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