Columbus Day

Columbus Day, by Donald Trump.

Sadly, in recent years, radical activists have sought to undermine Christopher Columbus’s legacy. These extremists seek to replace discussion of his vast contributions with talk of failings, his discoveries with atrocities, and his achievements with transgressions.

Rather than learn from our history, this radical ideology and its adherents seek to revise it, deprive it of any splendor, and mark it as inherently sinister. They seek to squash any dissent from their orthodoxy.

We must not give in to these tactics or consent to such a bleak view of our history.

John Hinderaker:

If Joe Biden wins the election, you will not see any such optimistic, liberty-affirming, pro-American proclamations for the next four years. And if the Democrats take the Senate with two votes to spare, they likely will be able to make it impossible for any Republican to be elected president again, giving them free rein to pursue their anti-American policies indefinitely. The Sun will set, perhaps, on a golden era that began in 1492.

Samuel Eliot Morison (via here):

At the end of 1492 most men in Western Europe felt exceedingly gloomy about the future. Christian civilization appeared to be shrinking in area and dividing into hostile units as its sphere contracted. For over a century there had been no important advance in natural science and registration in the universities dwindled as the instruction they offered became increasingly jejune and lifeless. Institutions were decaying, well-meaning people were growing cynical or desperate, and many intelligent men, for want of something better to do, were endeavoring to escape the present through studying the pagan past. …

Replica of Columbus’ boat, the Niña.

Yet, even as the chroniclers of Nuremberg were correcting their proofs from Koberger’s press, a Spanish caravel named Nina scudded before a winter gale into Lisbon with news of a discovery that was to give old Europe another chance.

In a few years we find the mental picture completely changed. Strong monarchs are stamping out privy conspiracy and rebellion; the Church, purged and chastened by the Protestant Reformation, puts her house in order; new ideas flare up throughout Italy, France, Germany and the northern nations; faith in God revives and the human spirit is renewed. The change is complete and startling: “A new envisagement of the world has begun, and men are no longer sighing after the imaginary golden age that lay in the distant past, but speculating as to the golden age that might possibly lie in the oncoming future.”

Christopher Columbus belonged to an age that was past, yet he became the sign and symbol of this new age of hope, glory and accomplishment. His medieval faith impelled him to a modern solution: Expansion.

We stand on the brink of a new era, the dark ages of woke. It was a good 528 years while it lasted.

Historical note:

On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus and his crew set sail from the port of Palos in southern Spain on three vessels: la Santa Clara (Niña), la Pinta and la Santa Gallega (Santa Maria). Two of the ships, the Niña and Pinta, were tiny by today’s standards — only 50 to 70 feet from bow to stern — but prized for their speed and maneuverability. The Santa Maria, Columbus’s flagship, was a larger, heavier cargo ship.

For 35 days, Columbus and his crew of 86 Spanish sailors sailed westward searching for a passage to China and India. With the men close to mutiny against their “foreign” captain, Columbus was about to turn back when the cry went out at 2 a.m. on October 12 that land had been sighted.

UPDATE: Biden Opts to Recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day Over Columbus Day. By Haris Alic.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is opting to ignore Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day — a holiday being embraced by progressives to honor Native Americans.

“Our nation has never lived up to our full promise of equality for all — especially not when it comes to the rights of the indigenous people who were here long before ships arrived from Europe,” the former vice president said.

The choice is fairly stark: mainstream, or extreme left. Make America great, or make America woke.

hat-tip Stephen Neil