Remembering Ian Paisley

The name Ian Paisley may not resonate with ordinary Americans unless one is a bit of a "Politico" that researches and reflects upon the World.  But Ian Paisley was the big man of Northern Irish Politics who did more during the Irish "troubles" to insure the unity of the United Kingdom.   He was a colorful and interesting man that was always a joy to listen to.

He was also a man of conviction in his deep sense of faith and belief in service.   It was not surprising to see that his sons have continued his sense of service--with one of them serving in the British Parliament and another one serving as Minister for his own Parliament.  The UK recognized him when he was named to the UK House of Lords.

Of all the accolades that have been noted for him, this one said it best as noted by the BBC in one of its' latest reporting: 

Martin McGuinness' message in the book of condolence for Mr Paisley

This was written by the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGinnis as he signed a book of condolences for Lord Paisley.      He noted how Lord Paisley rose above it all join Sinn Fein to "..a better and peaceful future".  Although some analysts have said that there may be a clamour for Irish Unity if Scotland votes for independence,   that's for another day.  What he did is a lesson to learnt by all...and he ever so lived up to the admonition from Abraham Lincoln:

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And in the end, it’s not the years in your life
that count. 
Its the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

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