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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - Philip Freeman
Americans will don their Kelly green on Monday, gathering at bars and along parade routes to celebrate St. Patrick, the patron saint of dancing leprechauns and half-price pints of Guinness — or so the past few decades would suggest.
With the 2012 Republican National Convention having sent its candidate forward and the Democratic National Convention set to do the same, this year's presidential campaign enters its most focused and fevered phase. Candidates, voters and dedicated observers of this vaunted political ritual would do well to take a deep breath and pick up a copy of "How to Win an Election," the advice Quintus Tullius Cicero sent his brother Marcus in 64 BC when the latter ran for consul, the highest office in the Roman republic.
"It really seemed to start in the 1970s, 1980s, I don't know why, but there was a thirst, a quest to discover more authentic Christianity," Mr. Freeman said. "It was an interest in a more spiritual rather than a ritualistic type of Christianity, and people have seen Celtic Christianity representing this."
Mr. Freeman said he too has seen more of an interest in the Irish culture.