Governor DeSantis Bucks Social Pressure and Signs Columbus Day Declaration

By Leonard Zhukovsky

For decades Americans have celebrated Columbus day; a day set aside to honor this courageous Italian explorer. The very man who discovered America while sailing West to look for a faster route to India for spices. Over the last 20 years or so, the left and special interest groups have taken offense to this and called it ‘Indigenous People’s Day.’ This is something Florida’s Republican Governor and US Navy Veteran Ron DeSantis refuses to bow to.

Paying homage to the poem most remember as kids, Gov. DeSantis writes “When Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 as a Genoan traveling with the sponsorship of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, he and his crew…set the precedent for the contribution of European immigrants to the development of the culture and economy of the countries of the Western Hemisphere”. These words could not be more accurate to the history of Columbus. He certainly set the standard of what great Italian men could achieve and became one of the most widely recognized figures in American history.

Yet the cancel culture from the left has been targeting this great man over perceived atrocities. While little concrete proof exists, the left has clung to this ‘proof’ as a justification to vilify a man who is unable to defend himself in any way. His virtuous exploration is what allowed America to be founded and brought a prosperous new world about. Were there deaths? Sure. That was inevitable 500 years ago. Nobody welcomed each other warmly, especially when the Italian looked so different from the Natives he saw. Now the left is attacking those differences and trying to strip away our history.

The 2021 “Indigenous People’s Proclamation” came from Ol’ sleepy Joe himself this year. “Since time immemorial, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians have built vibrant and diverse cultures — safeguarding land, language, spirit, knowledge, and tradition across the generations. … Our country was conceived on a promise of equality and opportunity for all people — a promise that, despite the extraordinary progress we have made through the years, we have never fully lived up to.  That is especially true when it comes to upholding the rights and dignity of the Indigenous people who were here long before the colonization of the Americas began. … NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 11, 2021, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day”. This proclamation overlooks some glaring facts.

Most of the indigenous people they are celebrating aren’t Natives of this land. Their ancestors too came here; by crossing the Bering Strait. Funny how that is often overlooked, and omitted.  This already puts them on par with Columbus, but he’s white so the left could care less. Another glaring fact often overlooked is just how ruthless the Natives were. They didn’t live in peace and harmony before we arrived. They fought against one another consistently. For tribal land, hunting, fishing, women, etc. They weren’t the peaceful, pipe-smoking, medicine man fixes everything people the left and the cancel culture would love you to see them as.

This Columbus Day 2021 we need to look back and take a lesson from his book. We need to stop going along with the flow, and source better routes to get where we are going. We need to look at where we have been and question our evolution as people. We need to look to the future and ask ourselves ‘Is this really what is best for my people? Is this best for making the most for our country? Or do we need to look for a new path?’ Because unless you’re in love with this idea that nothing is funny if someone is possibly offended, where being white means you made others feel like less, where being a straight white male means you are the problem, we need a big change and cancel culture will never provide that change.