There are few people more symbolic of America than Christopher Columbus. Not only is he rightfully a source of great pride for Italian-Americans, but he is one of the most important people in all of history.
There are no fewer than 54 towns, cities and counties in America named after Columbus, that's how important this man was. The province of British Columbia in Canada is named after him. In South America, an entire country -- Columbia -- is named after him. An Ivy League college, one of the greatest universities in the world -- Columbia University -- is named after him.
But how many people understand this?
THE CAPITAL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS NAMED AFTER HIM.
That's right. The D.C. in Washington D.C. of course stands for District of COLUMBIA and was named, by the Founding Fathers after both George Washington AND Christopher Columbus in their honor.
That's how important the founders recognized Columbus was to the foundation of this country. So important in fact that his name was honored and enshrined in the capital of the country right along with President Washington.
So let's not underestimate the importance of this day to the greatest country in the history of mankind. Christopher Columbus SYMBOLIZES America. There is no question about that.
Now let's get to part II:
This business about attacking Columbus is nothing more than AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA. I consider anyone who engages in this to be an enemy of our country.... PERIOD. You cannot attack the person who so clearly symbolizes the very heart of what this country stands for and still call yourself an American anymore than you can call yourself a Christian but you hate Jesus. That's just the way it is. You can't have it both ways.
Those who seek to destroy the symbolism of the contributions Columbus made to this country are attempting to undermine the foundation of America, there is no two ways about it. It's the same crowd who are trying to undermine the contributions of the founders by calling them slave owners, etc. These people aren't Americans. They are spouting the same propaganda and attempting to do the same damage to our country as America's enemies abroad. They should be ashamed of themselves and don't deserve to call themselves Americans or enjoy the unmatched benefits being an American affords them.
Last comment... I love Italian-Americans. I've known many and never met a single one who wasn't a beautiful patriot and didn't truly love this country. Plus they have some WICKED food! God bless them and the enormous contributions they have made to this country.