Columbus Day

I wasn’t planning on writing anything to mark Columbus Day, but having been around the ‘net a bit this morning and seeing the ignorant comments about Columbus, I feel I just have to say something.

First off, what did Columbus do?  He set off in to the unknown in three tiny ships with only minimal navigational aids and yet struck land in the place and in the time he thought he would.  That, as anyone familiar with sailing can attest, is a remarkable achievement.  That it wasn’t the land he was looking for is neither here nor there because no one in Europe knew about the Americas.  It took incredible bravery for Columbus and his crew to do what they did and a remarkable amount of sheer seamanship.  It is an achievement comparable with going to the Moon – but in some respects more difficult because they didn’t know what they would encounter, while our voyages to the Moon were without surprises on route, timing and what we thought we’d find when we got there.  To make snide remarks about how Columbus thought he’d found Asia is asinine – its as if we found out there was a star 10 light years away with intelligent life on it and set out to see it…and on the way bumped in to a different star with intelligent life 5 light years away; it would still be a remarkable discovery.

Secondly, what didn’t Columbus do?  First off, he didn’t bring war, death and slavery to the Americas – they already existed in the Americas.  Why?  Because humans lived there.  And here’s a newsflash for ya, folks: the natives of the America were just like us.  Full of anger and jealousy and greed and fear and stupidity, just like we have…and, of course, also full of dignity and courage and generosity, just like we have.  People are people – Columbus did not discover Eden; that Garden we were all kicked out of long before Columbus came along…and we won’t get back in to it until the End, Columbus or no.  It is just stupid to think that Columbus did something wrong – he did something and whenever anyone does something, it will have effects, and often effects never foreseen by the original doer of the deed.  Columbus is not responsible for what happened to the natives of America.

Thirdly, just what was found in the Americas?  Well, aside from primitive peoples, there were also civilized peoples…people so civilized that they had advanced to the point of massacring people in great, big bloody batches.  The Mexica were not nice people – they were looting, enslaving and murdering their subjects.  It is true that Columbus didn’t stop that, but he set in train the events which would eventually bring proper retribution to the Mexica for their crimes…and when they were overthrown, it was with the eager help of the native people the Mexica were oppressing.  Should we instead wish that Columbus had sunk to the bottom of the sea and maybe the human sacrifices of Mexico continued for a few more centuries?  Would that have been good?  Oh, but what about all the natives who died of disease – what of it?  It was terrible, but it wasn’t a crime on anyone’s part.  No one knew how disease was transmitted…the Europeans hadn’t the foggiest notion that they were bringing disease.  Given the nature of things, eventually the natives of America were going to be exposed to disease environments they were not resistant to…it was going to happen.  If it hadn’t been Columbus then someone – either east or west of the Americas – was going to come to the Americas at some point…and the diseases would have still struck down the same number.

Columbus was a man of great courage and intelligence who played a man’s part in the world.  Good and bad, he brought the Americas in to the mainstream of world history and set the stage which eventually allowed the United States of America to emerge as the greatest nation in human history.  He is worthy of honor and emulation in his willingness to dare greatly.  And, so, Happy Columbus Day!

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18 thoughts on “Columbus Day

  1. Amazona October 14, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    Really, Mark, how dare you? Don’t you realize that no one is supposed to provide any factual counter to the anti-white-man, anti-Christian, hate rhetoric of the Left?

    All that human sacrifice/slavery/brutality stuff should just be set aside as if it never existed, as it gets in the way of the fantasy of the moronic LoFos as they grieve for the loss of that idyllic land of peace, love and harmony they have invented to replace the harsh reality of life at that time.

    Remember, they thought that simple-minded derivative crapola “Avatar” was really an analogy of the destruction of purity brought to this continent by the eeeeevil white man.

    • M. Noonan October 15, 2013 / 12:49 am

      It really just irritated me to today – especially as so many of the comments came from people who would be scared spitless to do anything comparable to what Columbus and his crew attempted. Heck, I’d be scared spitless – Even today with much more durable craft and massively better navigational aids, doing down to the sea in ships is a dangerous occupation…imagine how it was for Columbus! His flagship was probably 58 feet long and 100 tons; one of the smallest ships in the US navy is our Avenger-class minesweepers…they clock in at 224 feet long and more than 1,200 tons…trust me on this, you wouldn’t want to be on an Avenger in rough seas! But there went Columbus and his men, in ships only 1/4th as long and less than a tenth the size in burthen! If a hurricane had struck Columbus in the open sea, he would have been doomed…there was no way for him to even call for help, even supposing there was help anywhere available. It was an incredibly brave effort…and snide, ignorant little metrosexuals in 2013 insult his memory. Enough is enough.

  2. neocon01 October 14, 2013 / 4:26 pm

    the American Indians were racist warring tribes who routinely attacked, murdered, looted, and enslaved lesser tribes.
    They fought along side with the French and British…as obummer says .THEY LOST!!

    PS
    their gift to the white man was tobacco……now who really killed more people??

  3. Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots) October 14, 2013 / 6:01 pm

    C’mon neo, take it easy on the Redskins.

    My own wife, the lovely and gracious Countess d’Haricots Esq. is of that noble lineage; Blackfoot by birth. Do you think she is intolerant of the Whitefoot? The Brownfoot, or the South-Pacific-islander-Foot? NO!

    It’s true she doesn’t care for the Jewfoot or the Irishfoot, but that’s specifically Dresses Like a Horowitz, and Dances Like Drunkard not the whole tribe, just Dress and Dance.

    • M. Noonan October 15, 2013 / 12:38 am

      As a descendant of Rory O’DancesLikeDrunkard, I fail to take any offense at that…

      • neocon01 October 16, 2013 / 6:41 am

        As a descendant of Rory O’DancesLikeDrunkard, I fail to take any offense at that…

        Likewise…HIC!!

  4. Judith Keyes October 14, 2013 / 6:20 pm

    Anyone using this term will be banned. You have already been banned under different names so there will be no second chances for you. Every post you have ever put here has been an unpleasant look into a sick pathology that has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with your desperate need to express your hatred. Keep getting new ISPs and we will keep blocking them. This blog must pose a real threat to you radicals, for you to spend so much time trying to vandalize it. // Moderator

    • tiredoflibbs October 14, 2013 / 7:13 pm

      Nice try Judith, or is it E. Norma (enormous….), or the truth, or Bob or any other troll’s name you use to spew your garbage.

      Pathetic

      “Judith” is “Norma” and others. This blog is evidently a real threat to radicals given the amount of time they spend trying to vandalize it. Moderator

    • neocon01 October 16, 2013 / 6:43 am

      another forker bites the dust. oooooh yeaaaaaah!!!

  5. dbschmidt October 14, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    I take nothing from Columbus but there is more than definitive proof that “evil” Anglo-Saxons, among others were here in America long before Columbus. The “Lost Colony”, Kennewick Man and many other examples show a founding here in the continental US before Columbus. It also shows that there are no “native Americans” but traveling peoples that have migrated following food and the conditions.

      • neocon01 October 16, 2013 / 6:44 am

        It’s TWUE it’s TWUE!!

      • neocon01 October 18, 2013 / 6:35 am

        count

        one of my favorite scene is when the new president er Sheriff arrives in town.

  6. Retired Spook October 15, 2013 / 9:20 am

    OT, but the YCMTSU file is overflowing with hilarious stuff — like this.

    • Count d'Haricots (@Count_dHaricots) October 15, 2013 / 10:50 am

      Wait, The First Mooch has been furloughed?

      So you’re telling me the “World Famous Michelle Obama White House Kitchen Garden” is staffed by professional gardeners, and the “Get Up and Move” First Lady doesn’t actually get up and move her robust rear-end and tend to the garden but only takes credit for something someone else does at all the while we’re paying for it?

      Say it ain’t so Joe, say it ain’t so!

  7. neocon01 October 16, 2013 / 6:45 am

    an AA pResidency and OPM….got to love this country!!

  8. Harley October 16, 2013 / 10:40 am

    No one mentioned something else Columbus made possible when he came here. That same year the Spanish inquisition was going on and because of Columbus many Jews were able to escape Spain later on and come here to help make this country great. God always makes something good out or something meant for evil. That’s pretty incredible.

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