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The real reason why the Irish Left holds so many protests

Over the weekend in Dublin there was a pro-abortion protest outside the American embassy, objecting to the US Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade ruling. Of course, all the usual Leftwing NGOs and political parties, like the National Women’s Council and Labour, were in attendance.

Now, to an external observer, this might seem a bit pointless. After all, just one glance at some of the footage from the protest would indicate it was probably not aimed at “middle Ireland.”

The event featured some rather interesting chants, like “Pro-life, that’s a lie, you don’t care if trans folks die,” with one organiser adding “because we know it’s not only women who can get pregnant.” If you say so, lads. Maybe not the most catchy chant ever, though.

If you’re a normal person, you can probably think of better ways to spend your Sunday than protesting in the streets for men to have the right to get abortions in another continent. And all during a cost of living crisis at home, no less. If there’s a better example of how far from normal people’s concerns these lads are, I’m not aware of it.

In fact, even by pro-choice standards, the event kind of didn’t make sense.

For example, at one stage during the march, pro-abortion activist Ailbhe Smith told the smallish crowd that “We don’t want our bodies in the hands of legislators.”

But the real irony here is that putting women’s bodies in the hands of legislators is exactly what the repeal of the 8th Amendment did, which Smith and her colleagues fought bitterly for. All repeal achieved was making it politicians’ prerogative to legislate for abortion as they see fit. If Roe vs. Wade being overturned is a dreadful catastrophe, we can only assume repeal too was a catastrophe. It doesn’t really track logically.

As for numbers in attendance, RTÉ very generously estimated a turnout of around 200 people to the event, though in photos it looks more like 80ish (as you can see for yourself below).

Either way, even granting 200, that’s still a lot less than you’d expect from a group of organisations collectively in receipt of millions from the public coffers. And when you add all of this together, at a certain point you start to wonder why they even bother.

Why exactly do the NGO activist Left seize upon any opportunity to take to the streets in outrage? No matter how few people turn up, and no matter how abstract the cause, they will seemingly hold a protest for anything. Nothing is too obscure or far away – an astronaut farting would warrant a full-scale demonstration tomorrow. These lads probably go through shoes at a rate of knots just from outraged marching.

So what is the motive here? Why do we see so many events like this?

Well, you could chalk it up to the Americanisation of Irish society, which wouldn’t be a bad answer on its own. But aside from that, one has to ask the following: what else can a professional rebel do when all of their demands are met?

It’s clear by now that many of the Leftwing micro parties and political lobbying organisations in Ireland like NGOs have a big problem. And that problem is, they’ve built their brand on being daring rebels who are supposedly railing against the evil, capitalist, racist, patriarchal Catholic theocracy that is Ireland. That is their raison d’être – it’s their sole reason for existing.

And this branding works well for them – until you actually look around and realise how overwhelmingly secular and liberal Ireland is on basically every social issue.

More or less every party in the state agrees on abortion, climate change, LGBTQI+ issues, assisted suicide, immigration – you name it. And it’s kind of hard to rebel against a system that agrees with you on everything all the time.

It’s sort of like the “Struggle from below delivers repeal” signs that were going around after the 8th amendment referendum. We’re apparently to believe that it was a “struggle from below” which had the full support of the government, the opposition, the president, the entire mainstream media, the multi-billion euro NGO sector, big tech social media giants, and foreign activist billionaires. Not exactly the rebel alliance from Star Wars, you’d have to admit. If it was any more top-heavy it would have fallen over.

And so, if the Left’s protests ever seem contrived or forced, that’s because they are. You’re talking about groups that desperately want to be anti-establishment, but are frustrated that they could not be more embedded in the establishment if they tried. Most of them even rely on government money to stay afloat.

The power structures in society are designed by people just like them, and for them. Which is why they pounce on any whiff of controversy or scandal, even thousands of miles away, so they finally have something to complain about. They relish any opportunity to look at odds with “the system.”

At least during repeal, they felt like they had some energy behind them because of the result. “If we can bring in abortion in Catholic Ireland, we can do anything!” they said to themselves. “The North is next – the sky’s the limit!”

But since then, they have been fundamentally unable to recapture that same feeling. It turns out that people just aren’t as enthused about curfews for men, or sex changes for 10-year-olds. And despite controlling the vast majority of the culture, their activist momentum has sort of faltered.

In fact, if anything, the Right has gained momentum in the last few years. And by Right I mean the actual Right – not Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, who have the same politics on most things as the US Democrats, and could not be reasonably described as conservative in any way.

While the actual Right has no significant foothold in the national conversation just yet, there has been a noticeable shift in the Overton window in the past few years, with more and more parties popping up to espouse more right-leaning sentiments. Whether these parties get elected or not is irrelevant: the fact that they exist at all, where they didn’t before, indicates that cultural tectonic plates are shifting under the surface.

There is a certain attitude that is slowly emerging, with a section of society becoming more and more fed up with issues like mass unrestricted immigration, or the climate agenda, or whichever other plank of the Official Ireland platform you could name.

We see lawmakers even becoming emboldened by this, with Mattie McGrath TD calling Ireland’s open borders policy “PC crap,” and Senator Sharon Keogan saying gender ideology is harmful to children. These are subjects which have never really been discussed in Ireland before, but they’re being discussed now. And that indicates a sea change to the Right (or, at least, away from the Left).

This is also why we see such an emphasis on hate speech laws and “misinformation” lately – while the Right may be small in its current form, the establishment can feel tremors in the ground and they don’t like it. Which is why they believe mechanisms need to be put in place to stamp out any pesky political rebellions that might pop up in the future.

The point of all this is simply to say that, the Left is protesting in a vain attempt to recapture the feeling of leading a Repeal-esque movement, but it seems that they may have reached their high water mark as far as support goes. And as the public get sick of the woke agenda, that creates a vacuum for other groups with different ideas to emerge.

The Left doesn’t protest constantly because they’re strong. They protest because they’re weak. And these attempts to drum up support only appear to be getting weaker every month.

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