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Destroying Columbus Statues – Is No Way Forward

columbusSomething irrational is afoot – and it needs to be stopped. The latest turn – from politicizing everything to hi-jacking peaceful marches for violent socialism, is utter folly: Cities around the country are watching statues of Christopher Columbus torn down by angry mobs.

Observers report the mobs “hacked off his head in Boston, threw him in a lake in Richmond, Va., drenched him in red paint in Miami, and dragged him down from his pedestal in St. Paul, Minnesota.” In short, “protesters in cities around the United States have been tearing down, defacing and otherwise vandalizing statues of Christopher Columbus as an offshoot” of protests.

Of course, a collective default to irrationality has crept on the nation for years, accelerating during Obama’s Administration, as power-centralizing, social reengineering, erosion of interest in national security, and suppression of speech, religion, self-defense, and states’ rights accelerated. Nor are racial tensions new, as violent riots broke-out in 2014 and 2015.

The irrational crowd took off after Trump won the presidency, since that reversed progressive thinking, which amounts to neo-socialist, anti-traditionalist, objectively anti-historical and anti-American thinking. Now neo-socialism has, rather shockingly, taken another turn.

Understanding violent upheaval is a dead-end, not permissible in a stable democracy, we are approaching a time when the majority insists on a return to reason, logic, history, and less hysteria. Until we get there, however, coordinated disruptions and violent folly will continue.

The latest lurch to unreasoned, pro-socialist, anti-historical behavior is the defacing, debasing, beheading, and tearing down of statues to an archetypical explorer, Christopher Columbus – who arrived on these shores with his intrepid crew in 1492.

As with much senseless violence, this turn is being accompanied by chants for justice, as crowds move from church burning and brick throwing to tearing down an American standard bearer, the quintessential example of intrepid European explorers and early ocean-crossing courage.

The virtues of courage, tenacity, undaunted daring, willful wonder, and pressing on through adversity to discover the New World are lost on mobs. They show indifference to history, intolerance for predecessors’ human flaws, and a rowdy crowd’s draw to mindless destruction.

Lost in the mayhem is what made America – intergenerational pain and struggles, sacrifice and risk-taking, love and mutual support, reinforcement from neighbors, refinement of ideals, faith and commitment to the future – all tossed away in a blink by rampaging, uncontrolled mobs.

Lost, too, is any understanding that, as a matter of human nature, perfect humans do not exist. Columbus, along with all presidents, founders, warriors, widows, civic voices, scientists, astronauts, engineers, clergy, and civil rights leaders – are imperfect. They all had flaws – all.

Presidents Republican and Democrat, leaders of both parties and all movements, including Martin Luther King himself, had human flaws – just consult the record, and you will see. If once we start tearing down statues of leaders with qualities to respect, because they have others not worthy of respect, we must commence to tear down all statues. That too would be folly.

If ever we get there, history ends – because we dare not notice men with good qualities for fear of awakening outrage at flaws. Once a population becomes irredeemably judgmental of their neighbors and past, they become Jacobins, promoting violence that swallows the promoters.

So, here is the hope: That has never been – America. We are cut from different cloth. We are a nation which has worked hard, since before we were a nation, to improve, find moral compass and follow it, do better, develop and distill, strengthen, and respect our journey … toward improvement. If we lose that bearing, we forget our greatest strength.

We do not improve by ignoring trials and advances, steps forward and back – which made us who we are. That would be like denying in our personal lives that we make mistakes, which teach lessons, allow for better decisions and maturity.

No, the future does not belong to those who destroy, provoke and place others at fault and in fear. It belongs to those who lead with labors of love, patience, persistence, respect for the past, and hope for the future.
It belongs to people who have Columbus’ best qualities – not his worst.

Tearing down statues of Columbus does not make us a better people. It only takes us backward. Respect for each other, for our shared and flawed past, for labors that brought us to now – including respect history, resolve to do better, and reinforcement of the good – is the only way forward. We come from a long line of explorers – and must explore now, for a better way.

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Marcia
1 month ago

This is what Communists do…..removing a country’s history. So this is more than just some protesters tearing our country apart but a funded and organized attempt by Communists to take down the US.

JerryH
1 month ago

The “enraged” people who comprise these mobs have no concept of what they are doing. I saw an interview with a reporter who had been threatened at one of these mob gatherings and told to leave because they believed her to be an undercover cop. When asked if she thought any of these individuals understood their reason for being there, she said no. It is clear that these angry groups are being agitated by outsiders whose mission is to foment a cultural revolution.   Robert Charles commentary is right on target. He states, “Understanding violent upheaval is a dead-end, not… Read more »

Judith Steward
1 month ago

I think it needs to be stopped. The right to assemble is one thing, I don’t see where we (anyone in this nation) have the right to riot, vandalize, cause mayhem or terrorize according to our constitution.

Joseph
1 month ago

Vote and PRAY that Trump wins the next election because not just our constitutionial freedoms, but our entire way of life, is at stake! And from the rumblings I hear, it is going to be a close one – and I am afraid of what possibilites can or may transpire!

Darrel Nash
1 month ago

Once again, as usual, a conservative hand wringing. All I ever see is complaints and no action. The left is surely controlling everything and they will continue to do so until the right decides to physically act. All this talk means nothing.

Shoe
1 month ago

They cannot tear down a public statue in secret. The politicians are in on the deal and telling the police to stand down. So….who pays for the clean up afterwards? The destroyed base should just stay and be a statement of SHAME for future generations to see and judge

SKT
1 month ago

When I hear or see what is going on in this country, it literally makes me feel sick to my stomach. How did we get like this as a nation. I always say we have too much government…but the government needs to step in and put a stop to the destruction. Whats happening now isn’t about racism…it is about HATE towards America as we know it. If these people hate this country so much…why the H don’t they go live somewhere else? Why…because in other countries they wouldn’t get to enjoy the benefits of living in this country. With all… Read more »

Shelley Teal
1 month ago

If you have’t subscribed to the Epoch Times, I would like to suggest you check it out. Unbiased, solid journalism, not constant opinion writing. Today I read more information on how Twitter is censoring anything from President Trump, or conservative views in general. Sounds like Communism to me. This has got to stop, somehow. How to we go back to saner times when people talked over their issues and problems, not destroy for the sake of destroying. These mobs act like a bunch of angry babies, not getting their way. I blame the education system which by the way started… Read more »

Jack
1 month ago

All of the statues being torn down or defaced are of individuals who were not living on “entitlements” and were not under the impression that Freedom meant for free. The chaos needs to be brought to an end. These people (and I use the phrase loosely) will not stop with their tantrums until they are forced to do so. Terrorism should not be allowed whether foreign or domestic.

T K
1 month ago

These haters, aka protesters, have no clue that in their dream world – should they ever achieve it – they’ll be the first ones eliminated.

David Spade
1 month ago

Just think of what these rioters could accomplish if they spent the time they used destroying other people’s property to helping with ending hunger, working in a center for abused children, helping elderly people with yard work, reading books to underprivileged children, or countless other worthwhile endeavors. These people bent on attempting to destroy history have serious character flaws, however, and lack the intelligence to understand right from wrong.

Martin
1 month ago

When will the song “Amazing Grace” be banned because of John Newton being a captan of a slave ship?

When our history is destroyed our future is also destroyed and history will repeat it self. If this nonsense is not stopped America will turn into another Venezuela.

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Ruth Pierce
1 month ago

They are acting like spoiled children!! Why give them airtime and notoriety for their childish and dangerous acts!! What (if anything) do they hope to accomplish? TO THE MEDIA: Stop giving them airtime! They are vandals, not protesters, plain and simple. Vandals need to be prosecuted for their ILLEGAL acts–not sensationalize their childish and illegal acts! They are not protesters–they are criminals! Treat them as such.

KENNY NEAL
1 month ago

how soon we forget WWII and the immediate preceding events of the 1930’s are manifesting themselves in the 2020’s. the national democratic socialist party (NAZI’s) of the 1920’s & 1930’s is now aped by today’s protesters. these protesters (modern-day nazis) are: 1). destroying unapproved art; 2). they removed unapproved stone/metal art works/statues: 3). they controlled the media; 4). the mob assaults on individuals and speech that the protesters do not approve or sanction.i’m sure legitimate historians and people still living from that time period can list more examples. kn
 

Chuck
1 month ago

Keep the gun loaded and ready.

Nita
1 month ago

Thanks to Obama starting all of this mess and now he plans to move to Canada if President Trump is re-elected. What a piece of trash he is. Good riddance as far as I’m concerned. The only thing is that there is going to be so much unrest in America that Obama is such a coward that he doesn’t want to be around when a civil war breaks out that he started. It’s not going to be easy on President Trump if he does get elected because the far left democrats will see to that. I just pray that the… Read more »

Barbara Stephens
1 month ago

I am sick and tired of vandals destroy businesses and tearing down statues across this country. They need to be caught and tried/convicted to the fullest extent of the law.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

How about said protestors spend sentence cleaning up monuments for 15 hour days X sentence & add these statues to mix:
Gene Roddenberry, Chuck Yeager, Mercury 7 crews, Apollo 11 crew, Adm Nimitz, Rickover, Gen Patton, Eisenhower, Steve Jobs,
Carl Sagen, Jules Verne, Nickolas Tesla, Edison, John Paul Jones, Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, Davy Crockett, Geronimo, & expand our historical statues mix IE Harriett Tubbman, Tuskeegee Airmen, & use 3D modelling to produce Next Gen monuments nationwide, add more

JOSEPHINE POOLEY
1 month ago

America is better than what we are witnessing and the good guys need to take back the controls

Dennis mahood
1 month ago

This is the only way the Democrats can bring President Trump down, they can’t win the election without cheating. But the thing that gets me the most is the American people are sitting by and letting it happen. I sorry but for you people who say God will take care of it no he won’t.

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