Saturday, October 17, 2009
Goodbye Columbus - America Apologizes for its Own Existence
In California, Columbus Day became Indigenous People's Day, which sounds vaguely like a Marxist terrorist group's holiday. But while it's tempting to put that down to California's political correctness, in South Dakota, Columbus Day became Native American Day, and that is a trend that other states are likely to follow, as protests mounted under the aegis of La Raza (The Race- the Hispanic KKK) continue to grow. And while none have thus far followed Venezuela's lead in renaming it Día de la Resistencia Indígena, or Day of Indigenous Resistance, which indeed is a Marxist terrorist group's holiday, the whole notion of celebrating the discovery of America has come to be seen as somehow shameful and worst of all, politically incorrect.
About the only factor still keeping Columbus on the calendar in places like New York is his role in the Italian-American community, which have made many Mayors and Governors reluctant to toss the great explorer completely overboard. But while Ferdinand and Isabella may have brought Columbus back in chains, modern day political correctness banishes him to the darkened dungeon of non-personhood, erasing him from history and replacing him with a note reading, "I'm Sorry We Ever Discovered America."
But this is about more than one single 15th century Genoan with a complicated life who was neither a monster nor a saint. It is about whether America really has any right to exist at all. Is there any argument against celebrating Columbus Day, that cannot similarly be applied to celebrating the 4th of July?
If Columbus is to be stricken from American history books in favor of ideological thugs like Malcolm X or Caesar Chavez, who may be getting his own national holiday soon courtesy of Barack Obama (and for bonus points see if you can guess which regime's flag, Chavez's flag on the left most resembles), then America itself must soon follow. If Columbus' crimes are that he enabled European settlement of America and slavery-- those same charges can easily be put at America's door as well. And if the settlement of non-Indians in North America is illegitimate, then any national state they created is inherently illegitimate as well.
The battles being fought over Columbus Day foreshadow the battles that will one day be fought over the 4th of July. And as Columbus Day joins the list of banned holidays in more and more cities and states across America, one day there may not be a 4th of July, just a day to remember the atrocities of the colonists against the indigenous inhabitants of North America, as we will be treated to PBS documentaries comparing George Washington to Hitler and calling the Declaration of Independence a colonialist mandate. Such documentaries of course already exist, they just haven't gone mainstream. Yet.
We celebrate Columbus Day and the 4th of July because history is written by the winners. Had the Aztecs, the Mayans or the Iroquois Confederation developed the necessary technology, skills and motivation to cross the Atlantic and begin colonizing Europe, the fate of its native inhabitants would have doubtlessly been just as ugly, if not uglier. There are naturally different perspectives on history based on which side you happen to be on.
To Americans, the Alamo is a shining moment of heroism. To the Mexicans who were themselves the inheritors of a colonialist empire far more ruthless than anything to be found in North America, the entire war represents an American plot to conquer Mexican territory. And neither side is altogether wrong, but choosing which version of history to go by is the difference between whether you are an American or a Mexican. A nation's mythology, its paragons and heroes, its founding legends and great deeds, are its soul. To replace them with another culture's perspective on its history is to kill that soul.
This is how it all begins. Probably the final bit of politically correct lunacy is a headline in the Columbus Dispatch about the Columbus Day festival in the city of Columbus, Ohio. It reads, "Italian Festival honors controversial explorer with its own Columbus Day parade". Once the great discover of America, Columbus is now called "controversial" by a newspaper named after him, in a city named after him.
Can the day when USA Today has a headline reading, "Some cities still plan controversial 4th of July celebration of American independence" be far behind?
American's don't. But America's erev rav , it's mixed multitude do for sure, and there is a difference between America and her mixed multitude.ReplyDelete
Historical revision strikes again. If America was never discovered then there's nothing to celebrate on July 4.ReplyDelete
I don't know...in a strange way it's starting to remind me of the movie "Back To The Future." The prom scene in which Michael J. Fox looks at a picture of his siblings. They're starting to disappear and if his parents don't kiss and fall in love they'll disappear completely. No first kiss, no romance, marriage and children.
America is fading and so is Israel. That's what happens when you mess with history, with the past.
That analogy probably doesn't make any sense unless you've seen the film and that particular scene.
Great headline, Sultan: "Goodbye Columbus."
I find it hard to get worked up over Columbus being looked at critically.ReplyDelete
Let us not forget that the year he "bumped into" the Americas on his trip to China was also the year his patrons expelled the Jews from Spain.
And of course, Columbus did not actually land in the continental U.S.
There are plenty of better Italians, and plenty more better explorers of the U.S. if we need to pick any to celebrate.
Columbus brought Jews along on the voyageReplyDelete
Many credible historians feel Columbus was Jewish. Almost his entire crew was Sephardim.ReplyDelete
Put that in your hookah and smoke it.
I think the next holiday to go will be Thanksgiving. It will be called national eat a turkey day or something. In the minds of the useful idiots in the academy it represents another example of the triumph of European white men over the noble savage. You know the defeat of the underdog. Kind of like Israel defeating the hapless Arabs. Western colonialism at its best.ReplyDelete
The KGB has done its work very well. It seems that the Russians have mastered the art of misinformation. The Protocols are the best and most enduring example.
here in canada i often hear the line in our national anthem that goes "o canada, our home and native land" replaced with "o canada, our home ON native land." why people think that this entire continent should be only native land simply because a few tribes of indians wandered around it chasing buffalo at one time is a mystery to me. there are hundreds of millions of people here now and its *still* underpopulated. so it never really carried much water with me that my hometown should be considered stolen land just because a hundred and fifty miles away there was once a small native village. there were real crimes committed against the native people but stealing all their land is not one of them.ReplyDelete
When was celebrating Columbus Day "a major event?"ReplyDelete
Have you read "Goodbye, Columbus"? What did you think of it?
The Jewish expulsion from Spain, then the open doors to America, then massive immigrations of Jews to this continent (except for the Holocaust years when it was closed to us by the perceived friend, the liberal Roosevelt) still making it the biggest Jewish concentration outside Israel. Hmm, does it say anything about the connection between expulsion and Columbus? Does it say anything about the raise of the enemies questioning Israel's right to exist and now America's right to exist?ReplyDelete
Not only has history been rewritten but in the rewrites and forgeries, Columbus and his men are recorded as committing rapes and other crimes.ReplyDelete
Never happened, but it made the anti-American crowd very happy to be able to falsely supply reasons to dismantle America.
And some geneticists have determined Columbus was not Jewish based on DNA markers.ReplyDelete
And the Alhambra decree required all Jews to be gone by July 31, 3 days before Columbus set sail. That would have made it rather hard for any to be part of the crew. And of course that assumes a grand tradition of Jewish seafarers which we hear so little about otherwise.
Sorry Sultan, but you are backing a poor choice this time.
The Americas would have been explored and settled by Europeans without Columbus. The Portuguese were exploring the coast of Africa and were bound to discover Brazil eventually (as they in fact did in 1500), and if we want to go with theories, English sailors were searching for lands a decade before Columbus. Either would have led to exploration of North America by the British and French, and that would have resulted in U.S. existing, with or without Columbus.
Columbus is not essential to either the existence of the U.S., or the existence of an American identity.
DNA markers mean next to nothing, and Jews remained in Spain so long as they did so covertly. In any case we know for a fact that Columbus did have Jewish crewmembers.ReplyDelete
And yes there was a grand Jewish tradition of seafarers, Spanish and Portuguese exploration would have been impossible without its Jewish contributions.
What might have happened is sheer speculation. We do know what happened and Columbus is a key part of it. And that is why Columbus is a key part of US history.
First step would be throwing out the videos of cartoons and fairy tales and teaching children the morals of America's founders...ReplyDelete
When I see a movie based on Superman instead of Abe.. my blood boils..