"The Scotch-Irish were stubbornly independent, even cantankerous — exactly the raw material George Washington wanted for his army. A Hessian officer even styled the American Revolution as 'nothing more or less than a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian rebellion,' while Washington himself said, 'If defeated everywhere else, I will make my last stand for liberty among the Scotch-Irish of my native Virginia.'" - Frank F. Burns
I am mostly Scots-Irish. Tennessee and Kentucky hillbilly. Redneck. Before Tennessee and Kentucky, Virginia. Before that, Border Reivers on the border between England and Scotland. (By the way, the Reivers wore steel helmets ("steel honnets") and did not wear kilts or paint themselves.)
Now one of the things I find interesting is that none of the men in my family - and that includes my ancestors - have worked for others. We work for ourselves. I decided long ago this is constitutional - genetic. How I do not know. But all of us are too independent to work for others.
I did the college degree thing. I still ended up working for myself.
This characteristic is apparently a characteristic of my Scots-Irish ancestors. How this happened, I do not know.
There are other odd things. I prefer it rather cloudy. I also prefer hills and trees. The first time my parents took to the Ozarks in southern Missouri I felt right at home.
I decided years ago these things are constitutional, i.e., inborn in me. Again, how this happened I do not know. But there had to be some kind of inbreeding to get these characteristics - especially the fact that every man in my extended family, dumb and smart both, works for himself.
There is part of us that wants to be free and part of us that wants to be a slave. Even Aristotle wrote of "natural slaves."
Some people, apparently, would rather be slaves, and others, more free than slave. I understand the latter viewpoint much more than I understand the former.
I also do not know how much of us is supposed to be "genetic." I keep hearing around 50%. If this is true, clearly there are ethnic groups in this country who should not be there, and we sure shouldn't be importing any more of them. Perhaps many of them are Aristotle's "natural slaves." The kind who expect the government to take care of them and so will destroy the country.