Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Politics of Christopher Columbus.

Christopher Columbus is so
hated now many public
schools are demonizing
With Columbus Day drawing near I wanted to write a piece about the famed  explorer . My pondering on this was recent news that some lost papers of  traveler (2)> Marco Polo were discovered  that appear to show North America's Pacific coast and Alaska almost 200 years before Columbus set sail in 1492 . The significance of this has yet to be proven . AS I have said I've read my history books , yes Columbus was not the first to "discover the new world aka America" . We have had the Vikings who had attempted to settle the tip of Newfoundland , we had reports of Chinese,Romans and Phoenicians . For the average (3)>  Mormon the "lost tribes" of Israel , or at least a family of Jews named Lehi and Nephi came to America in 600 BC as the "promised land" . For the most part for Native Americans today Columbus is public enemy  no # 1, most native tribal leaders see Columbus as the start of the native genocide . I am not going to side with the native view that Columbus came to the new world just to kill natives and spread the Christian religion as did the later Spaniards the Conquistadors , but Columbus was in search of new lands in the west . He used mere trickery to get Queen Isabella and Ferdinand to agree on a voyage across  to the Atlantic as an easy route to China . He fooled the monarchs , but his real aim was to search for a mythical island called*** Antilla , which there are in  Columbus's logs record of sailors being swept out to sea in the west and finding a tropical island just were Cuba lies .  (1)> The Pre- Columbian voyages were known as far back as the 2nd Century AD , and ancient Historians like Strabo have hinted that some islands existed in the Atlantic,and were visited  , there was a lucrative trade with the natives . No one in those 1000 years before Columbus ever knew it was a continent. 

They Beat Columbus to America.

Even under the best of circumstances, the national Columbus Day is a beleaguered holiday (twenty-two states don’t give their employees the day off, South Dakota calls it Native American Day and Hawaii celebrates Polynesian Discoverers’ Day), but the water is getting even rougher this year.Trouble has long been brewing, mostly because Columbus WASN’T the first European to “discover” the New World and because of the downside of European exploitation/colonization of the Americas. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, three St. Louisans are trying to change Columbus Day to Explorers Day, honoring everyone from Leif Ericson to Neil Armstrong.  Discover's Day as long as Chris get's his due. Whether or not Lief or a Chinese navigator or Amerigo or who ever discovered the Americas on behalf of the other 4 occupied continents it was Columbus who opened the area up for the rest.

Columbus a hated Man.
Liberal educators are
removing Columbus
from the history
With all that Columbus did he was a hated man . He was brought back to Spain in chains , later he returned on his last voyage to find the American Continent it's self  . His last voyage he was seeking a way to the Pacific trying to cross Panama . Public schools seldom now bring up Columbus , I remember in 3rd grade , my teacher would show us films and in the history books then we had to read a vary sided view of Columbus unlike what we know of him today . Despite all this, it's not correct to simply demonize Columbus. He was a brave man, We have been distorting Columbus as  launching his ships into an uncertain fate, driven by greed, faith and hope. biggest problem was that everything they taught about Columbus was wrong. You don't need to go into super detail, but at least ensure that the details you are teaching are correct. It shows the sad state of the education system when we cannot even teach the children basic truths about Columbus. Today as recently Columbus was put off.  In a unanimous decision, (4)>  a school board on Wednesday passed a resolution requiring public schools to observe “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the same day as Columbus Day – the second Monday in October, according to Fox affiliate KCPQ. It is as  crazy as prohibiting the US  flag from being displayed on Cinco De Mayo . Most School Districts are going over board to put Columbus out of the books , the history books in a political correct way. Yet there is a new psychology emerging which is anti-western in America , the Ayn Rand Institute put it right about the core value of Columbus :
"On a deeper level, therefore, Columbus Day celebrates the rational core of Western civilization, which flourished in the New World like a potbound plant liberated from its confining shell, demonstrating to the world what greatness is possible to man at his best. On Columbus Day, we celebrate the civilization whose philosophers and mathematicians, men such as Aristotle, Archimedes, and Euclid, displaced otherworldly mysticism by discovering the laws of logic and mathematical relationships, demonstrating to mankind that the universe is knowable and predictable."


Antillia (or Antilia) is a phantom island that was reputed, during the 15th-century age of exploration, to lie in the Atlantic Ocean, far to the west of Portugal and Spain. The island also went by the name of Isle of Seven Cities (Ilha das Sete Cidades (Portuguese), Septe Cidades). The island makes its first explicit appearance as a large rectangular island in the 1424 portolan chart ofZuane Pizzigano. Thereafter, it routinely appeared in most nautical charts of the 15th century. After 1492, when the north Atlantic Ocean began to be routinely sailed, and became more accurately mapped, depictions of Antillia gradually disappeared. It nonetheless lent its name to the Spanish Antilles. ( 1)> Stories of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, legendary and otherwise, have been reported since classical antiquity.[1] Utopian tales of the Fortunate Islands (or Isles of the Blest) were sung by poets like Homer and HoracePlato articulated the dystopian legend of Atlantis. Ancient writers like PlutarchStrabo, and, more explicitly, Pliny the Elder and Ptolemy, testified to the existence of the Canary Islands. The names of some real islands re-emerged as distinct mythical islands with associated legends, e.g. capraria (the island of goats) and canaria (the island of dogs) are often found on maps separately from the Canary Islands (e.g. Pizzigani brothers, 1367) (2)> The only record of his 13th-century odyssey through the Far East is the hot air of his own Travels, which was actually an “as told to” penned by a writer of romances. But a set of 14 parchments, now collected and exhaustively studied for the first time, give us a raft of new stories about Polo’s journeys and something notably missing from his own account: maps. If genuine, the maps would show that Polo recorded the shape of the Alaskan coast—and the strait separating it from Asia—four centuries before Vitus Bering, the Danish explorer long considered the first European to do so. Perhaps more important, they suggest Polo was aware of the New World two centuries before Columbus. (3)>  The "story" of Lehi and Nephi are told in the BOOK OF MORMON which may be a 19th century forgery for non Mormon's  , but for Many Mormons it is a book that is held as scripture of an inspired story of Ancient America.  I find the book interesting , and how it came to be produced is one of the mysteries of the 19th century . Joseph Smith takes credit as the " author" and "translator" of the book , it has had many cultural significance to America'a spiritual traditions . The Book of Mormon alludes to Columbus as being led by the Holy Spirit to discover America . Archaeological studies in the New World that tie Book of Mormon places and peoples to real world locations and civilizations are incredibly difficult since there are generally no landmarks defined in the Book of Mormon that can unambiguously identify real world locations. Generally non-Mormon archaeologists do not consider there to be any authentic Book of Mormon archaeological sites. Various apologists have claimed that events in the Book of Mormon took place in a variety of locations[122] including North America, South America,[123] Central America, and even the Malay Peninsula[124] These finds are divided into competing models, most notably the Hemispheric Geography Model, the Mesoamerican Limited Geography Model, and the Finger Lakes Limited Geography Model. (4)> The Seattle School Board unanimously voted Wednesday to have public schools observe “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the second Monday of October–the same day as the Columbus Day federal holiday.The resolution, in part, said the board “recognizes the fact that Seattle is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the City would not have been possible.”The resolution also says the board “has a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education and social crises.” The Seattle School Board must by as dumb as educators can be , for one Columbus did not institute any "racism" toward natives the  Real genocide of Native American's began with the establishment of the United States in 1789. Real education no longer exists in today's schools. It's all about far-left indoctrination, this "responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States, which perpetuates high rates of poverty and income inequality, exacerbating disproportionate health, education and social crises.” being an example.

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