Direction in an Age of Confusion
20 Years of Prophecy Fulfilled
Chapter 3 (E)
Columbus Day & Old World Politics
“Virginia is the latest state to officially observe ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ (a holiday without turkey or family feasting) to recognize the native populations that were displaced and decimated after Christopher Columbus and other European explorers reached the continent.
“States and local governments can choose not to observe a federal holiday. And, as is the case with a growing number of places, change the name and intent of the October holiday ‘Columbus Day’ altogether.
Alabama, Alaska, Hawai'i, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin—and the District of Columbia, and more than 130 cities, and growing numbers of school districts celebrate’ Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in place of or in addition to Columbus Day, in a ‘new way’.” (National Museum of the American Indian Exhibits today).” CNN Media October 12, 2020
Which brings to mind -- how many of our ‘indigenous native Indian populations’ remain on reservations, impoverished, without adequate housing, employment, food or medical care? Let’s instead give them a Holiday or a Casino?
I’m a ‘half-breed’ of Native American Indian (Nanticoke Tribe Member), and half-Irish (Colonial American Irish with an ancestral Revolutionary War warrior), but mostly, I’m just an American citizen, living in Virginia.
With regard to my tribal culture, I’ve been a registered tribal member since the 1980’s. I’ve been a registered voter for 50 years. On every census and government ‘citizenship’ document for the last decades, I have noted my dual culture inclusively, which on formal government documents, the closest text to my Indian heritage (I’m not an Alaskan native.)
So completely authentically, honoring and respecting, all ‘Indigenous’ peoples across the land, and Indians are as diverse in their tribal cultures: American Indians have always had certain rights, privileges, and responsibilities that are tied to cultural values and beliefs and thus vary from culture to culture.
Just as the immigrants from all over the world come here, to join a ‘culture’ founded on the Declaration of Independence to uphold for the benefit of us all (separation from the British Empire & others toward westward states). Secondly, the US Constitution, and our legal form of government that benefits an entire nation of various cultures, a valiant attempt at ‘forming a more perfect Union’ growing from East to West, like a vine, producing the fruit “My Country Tis of Thee’ and ‘America the Beautiful’ across the land, in peace and war, during good times and bad, most often respectful of each other. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7OHG7tHrNM
My reflection today, is whether or not to celebrate ‘Columbus Day’. Why? Because without Columbus’ (an Italian) discovery and claiming land for Spain, this nation may not exist at all, coming from the Bahamas and Southeast Coast shores of the explorer’s first known landing.
The history of Columbus ‘accidental’ discovery of America, landing on it shores in 1492, has purpose and meaning for us today.
Excerpts from the link above:
‘Columbus did not “discover” the Americas, nor was he even the first European to visit the “New World.” (Viking explorer Leif Erikson had sailed to Greenland and Newfoundland in the 11th century.)’
By the end of the 15th century, Spain’s “Reconquista”—the expulsion of Jews and Muslims out of the kingdom after centuries of war—was complete, and the nation turned its attention to exploration and conquest in other areas of the world.
Columbus had an idea: Why not sail west across the Atlantic instead of around the massive African continent? He presented his plan to officials in Portugal and England, but it was not until 1492 that he found a sympathetic audience: the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile.
Columbus wanted fame and fortune. Ferdinand and Isabella wanted the same, along with the opportunity to export Catholicism to lands across the globe. (Columbus, a devout Catholic, was equally enthusiastic about this possibility.)
On August 3, 1492, Columbus and his crew set sail from Spain in three ships: the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. On October 12, the ships made landfall—not in the East Indies, as Columbus assumed, but on one of the Bahamian islands, likely San Salvador.
Columbus’ contract with the Spanish rulers promised that he could keep 10 percent of whatever riches he found, along with a noble title and the governorship of any lands he should encounter.
He kept a detailed diary during his first voyage. Christopher Columbus’s journal was written between August 3, 1492, and November 6, 1492 (98 days) and mentions everything from the wildlife he encountered, like dolphins and birds, to the weather to the moods of his crew. More troublingly, it also recorded his initial impressions of the local people and his argument for why they should be enslaved.
“They … brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells," he wrote. "They willingly traded everything they owned … They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features …They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron …They would make fine servants … With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”
Columbus gifted the journal to Isabella upon his return.
Then he headed west to continue his mostly fruitless search for gold and other goods. His group now included a large number of indigenous people the Europeans had enslaved. In lieu of the material riches he had promised the Spanish monarchs, he sent some 500 slaves to Queen Isabella. The queen was horrified—she believed that any people Columbus “discovered” were Spanish subjects who could not be enslaved—and she promptly and sternly returned the explorer’s gift.
Among others, the native Taino population, was decimated (disease within 60 years after Columbus landed, only a few hundred of what may have been 250,000 Taino were left on their island). Christopher Columbus was arrested and returned to Spain in chains.
However, his journey kicked off centuries of exploration and exploitation on the American continents. The Columbian Exchange transferred people, animals, food and disease across cultures. Old World wheat became an American food staple. African coffee and Asian sugar cane became cash crops for Latin America, while American foods like corn, tomatoes and potatoes were introduced into European diets.
The explorer returned to Spain, where he died in 1506.
To summarize this message content: Like many European explorers, Christopher Columbus encountered indigenous people throughout his voyages. There are three main sources of controversy involving his interactions with the indigenous people he labeled “Indians”: the use of violence and slavery, the forced conversion of native peoples to Christianity and the introduction of a host of new diseases that would have dramatic long-term effects on native people in the Americas.
As in so many of our areas of the country, over more than three hundred years, we have grown as a nation, based on a governing body and documents, meant to ensure, that eventually, all cultures, all tribes, living U.S. states, all cities, (Alaska & Hawaii last to be joined in 1959) and territories: Puerto Rico (Organic Act of 1900), U.S. Virgin Islands (Organic Islands 1936), North Mariana Islands- surrendered by Japan in 1945, Guam (Organic Act 1950), and American Samoa linked but not an organized territory.
Article 2 Section 2 of the US Constitution, until the constitution is amended, or to entirely rewrite the Presidential Election process, to be based on citizenship of the individual voter rather than an electoral college, whose members are determined by state laws, it is Constitutional that residents of the territories cannot participate in Presidential elections.
If Louisiana Purchase territory could become ‘states’ and become American citizens by incorporation, it seems unfair --- that the Indigenous Peoples inhabiting our U.S. territories are being denied their rights, their right to have representation in Congress OR vote in elections at all?
If ‘States’ right ‘over-rule disqualifying American Citizens in territories, --as the Constitution specifies, how can we truly honor ALL of the peoples who are legally US citizens, and not allowed to vote in our elections, but some insist that ‘illegal aliens and non-citizen immigrants-- should be allowed to do so?
If you want to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s day or celebrate both, in Alabama, Alaska, Hawai'i, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin—and the District of Columbia, and more than 130 cities, when are you going to support their right to vote? And what states that designate ‘their holidays’ instead of a ‘federal’ holiday, don’t promote US Citizens in territories to vote?
Or is this really about Internal Politics?
As follows, my study syllabus:
II Structure: 1) Area of Change 2) Basic 3) Methods of Change, and 4) Intended Results
US Citizen Elections
· Provide a group of people (US Citizens) representatives
· To work equally and freely for the public good, cause,
· Without personal or political party prejudice
· Intended for the most wholesome and necessary,
· Without accommodation to ‘large districts’
· Or ‘wealth’ Special interest influence
Method of Change:
Creation of Political Parties specific to engage in Bargaining & Trading Votes
· Stalling Legislation
· Recessing without Voting
· Entertaining Lobbyists
· Special Interests
· Campaign Funding
· Media Attention & Exploitation
· Slander & Unproven Allegations
· Artificial Polls
· Promoting Party Antagonism, and
· Illegal Voting Acceptance
· Or Citizen vs Non-Citizen
· Voting special interest gain
Sending resources overseas for personal gain
· International investment and
· Encouraging international laws to over-ride U.S. law
Usurping public time and tax dollars
· Congress unaccountable and stalls ‘budget’ for special concessions
· Paid employment salaries & benefits
· For elected and selected (unqualified) higher placed positions favored appointees
· Wasted resources
· Lack of financial oversight
· Budget and deficits incurred (national debt higher)
· Lack of accountability and responsibility for misappropriation
· No legal enforcement of financial institutions and
· Corporations funding political partisan ‘special interests’
Underfunded basic essential programs
· National security & military, and
· Sciences &
· Medical and
· Space technology…
Rich are richer, poorer are poorer, inner city blight, rural towns and cities… territories and reservations..
Now, it is time to decide for your answers to these questions:
• What was your life like twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Five?
• Is your life better or worse? Quality of life, peace, stability, health, in what ways….
• Is society and community around you is as a whole, better or worse?
If your life and the lives of your children or family, in the future is to be determined by our decisions and actions of ‘today’, --what are you going to change? Or do?
Is it time for another ‘Holiday’’?
Is it time for a real change, a return
to basics? Because “it doesn’t have to be this way”…..
Both my mother (18 years old) and my grand-father (when he wasn’t a waterman on the Chesapeake Bay) worked at this canning factory in 1951-1952…