Neither Incas, Aztecs, Cherokee or even Kenyans discovered Italy, Spain or India!
We should get down on our knees and thank God that Columbus discovered the New World so that Americans could later fashion a new world of Liberty.
The chain of events that resulted in the creation and evolution of the greatest nation the world has even known includes the discoveries of Christopher Columbus of the Oval Earth in 1492 as essential and as Exhibit A for proof of the reasons we became the Shining City on a Hill and an exceptional nation, even if the current occupant of the Oval Office doesn’t find it so.
I was originally motivated to wax on the meaning of Columbus several years ago when I read a column by Uruguayan writer for Progressive Media Project, Eduardo Galeano in the Charlotte Observer, that crystallized my disgust with political correctness and multicultural equivalence rampant in the academic, journalistic and Democratic Party salons of the U.S. and and their equivalents in Europe:
Who were the savages?
Perhaps the most revealing episode in the history of the Americas occurred in 1563 in Chile. Indians besieged the fortress of Arauco, depriving the Spanish of food and water, yet Captain Bernal refused to surrender.
From the stockade he screamed out, “There will be more and more of us!”
“With what women will you make them?” the Indian chief asked.
“With yours. We will make them bear children who will be your masters.”
The invaders called the original Americans idolaters and savages because the indigenous people believed that nature is sacred and that we are the brothers and sisters of all those with feet, paws, wings, or roots.
Today, with nature defiled and war and brutality rampant, who is the true idolater, the true savage?
Do you see that word “Today” at the beginning of the last paragraph?
Does this not crystallize the Left’s ignorance or willful denial of history and hatred of The United States and Western Civilization quite well.
Mr. Galeano, do you not know that both the “gentle” people you describe on Hispaniola and all other peoples that have ever walked the Earth have continually engaged in war, slavery and brutality since Eve bit the apple, or, if it helps, since an ape became man?
And do you suggest that the West engage in massive de-population to the level of The Americas of the 15th Century?
You scoff at what Columbus imagined about the New World and where he thought he was, yet romanticize the ignorance of the people Columbus discovered. The big picture you don’t see is that Columbus discovered America as the first step in ending the ignorance. Neither the people Columbus encountered nor the civilization Columbus represented was innocent and both engaged in savagery.
But shouldn’t the civilization of Columbus be proud that we found them rather than indulge in some romantic notion that had Europeans not crossed the Great Pond, the peoples of the Americas would have re-created Eden, or, if it helps, created a Utopian Marxist state?
Never did I think we would see that day that Americans would elect a man riddled with oikophobia that seems a stranger in our midst and an alien in the White House, that seems to hold We the People in contempt, and that chooses our decline…but we did, in our ignorance. As Shelby Steele recently put it:
Mr. Obama came of age in a bubble of post-’60s liberalism that conditioned him to be an adversary of American exceptionalism. In this liberalism America’s exceptional status in the world follows from a bargain with the devil—an indulgence in militarism, racism, sexism, corporate greed, and environmental disregard as the means to a broad economic, military, and even cultural supremacy in the world. And therefore America’s greatness is as much the fruit of evil as of a devotion to freedom.
Unfortunately, the re-education process into the failures of modern day liberalism have been hard economically.
We can only pray that we don’t have to suffer more Fort Hoods at home before we replace President Barack Obama with a believer in American Exceptionalism, i.e. the Republican Party nominee, the Grand Old party of Abraham Lincoln whom the whole civilized world embraced in his day and since as possibly the best example of same. Liberal Democrats including the President have insured that there will never be a Happy Obama Day in America.
But thanks to what was wrought after 1492 in 1776, 1865, and 1965, We the People can save ourselves if only we will be exceptional once again, starting with putting conservatives back in office on Election Day 2012. You know, those folks that said to you today:
Happy Columbus Day!