In a Sunday column on his website, former congressman and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West sought to clarify the reasons Christopher Columbus should be celebrated amid revisionist historians’ attempts to turn him into a villain.
West began his column by noting his amazement that Columbus Day celebrations could turn violent at the hands of antifa anarchist groups, who had planned a nationwide campaign to deface statues Columbus on Monday.
In September, a New York City-based radical anarchist group known as “Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement” invited Antifa groups nationwide to participate in “Deface Columbus Day.” RAM is described as an “extremely militant group that advocates for the violent redistribution of property” and “the abolition of gender,” according to Far Left Watch.
— Far Left Watch (@FarLeftWatchOrg) October 9, 2017
In support of Columbus, West provided an in-depth history lesson. He explained how eastern trade routes were cut off due to war, eventually leading to Columbus seeking favor with Queen Isabella of Spain in the hopes of discovering a route to the eastern trade lands by sailing west.
Although it was considered unwise at the time, Columbus convinced the queen that his plan was sound, and secured three ships for his mission — the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Ultimately, he discovered the Americas.
West wrote that Columbus’ discovery allowed Western civilization to expand to the New World.
“Now, the leftists can whine and complain about what happened to the indigenous people,” wrote West, “but in the greater scheme of history, Western civilization was expanded to the New World. Incredible ideas and concepts were brought across the ocean, and eventually the greatest concept, individual liberty, was established here in these United States of America.”
West further argued that if the left “wants to cherry-pick history, then perhaps they should not be aligning themselves with Islamo-fascists, whose history of slavery, subjugation, and slaughter continues today.”
He contended that the Spanish wanted to export Christianity and Catholicism to the New World because of the “tyranny they had witnessed under Islamic rule from 711-1492.”
“And yes,” he said, “the Spanish Inquisition was a horrible piece of history, but it’s there to learn from, not eradicate or erase.”
West wrote that he is “very thankful” for Columbus’ bravery, but argued that such noble actions are not “what’s important” to the left.
“His was a feat of utmost courage and conviction,” West said. “If we are to erase his memory, then we shall never understand why he embarked upon his voyage. But, that’s not what’s important to the progressive socialist left who understands that if they control the past, they can manipulate the present, and certainly determine the future.
West concluded by saying, “Yo, my man, Christopher Columbus, God bless ya, and thanks. Happy birthday, brother, and to my Italian friends, remember this man, always.” (For more from the author of “Allen West Exposes Brutal Fact About Christopher Columbus That Liberals Don’t Want America to Know” please click HERE)