Great men often suffer greatly. And where there is
greatness, there is great error. Columbus was no
exception, by all accounts.
I consider Columbus one of the greatest men who ever
lived, certainly since the
Christ. I would therefore expect him to be
demonized. Nevertheless, whether denounced by
modern American Indian protesters paid by white
liberals, or condemned
by his own contemporary countrymen, the rage against
Columbus has ever but slightly shadowed his true
is a weak ideology. True greatness is untouchable
and triumphant, even if it`s crucified along the way.
As an American Indian—a Comanche—I find no objection
at all to the
Columbus venture. Columbus, having never
encountered my people, or any other American Indian
tribe, certainly deserves a dispassionate opinion from
me. I find it stifling to be denied the wonderment his
adventure affords. I
find it demeaning to be coerced by political
correctness to associate his name with every ill
experienced by the American Indian subsequent to his
arrival in the Caribbean.
Fortunately, Columbus` name and adventure survived
the contumely over the centuries. The
liberal-backed Indians who protest today really
represent the weakest criticism of all, the least
logical, and the worst construct.
Yes, in 1500 Columbus was brought back from the
Caribbean to Castile—in
chains. But there was earthly logic in that.
Comendador Bobadilla, the Spanish governor of
Hispaniola, saw some bloody evidence (hanging bodies of
Spaniards—punished by Columbus),
immediately misinterpreted it and took advantage of
it, in the name of the Crown and his own power. On the
other hand, today`s mythical association of every known
Indian personal pang with the
name of Columbus is utterly irrational.
And not only was
Bobadilla himself cruel to the Caribbean Indians,
liberal political abuse of Indians is equally cruel,
in my opinion. It is a spiritual slavery, of imaginary
or misconceived injustice, that liberals impose on the
minds of Indians.
To tell Indians they must denounce
Judeo-Christian European civilization is like making
them bark at the moon. What is accomplished by
encouraging perpetual discontent? It is an ultimately
self-destructive anger that the liberals offer Indians.
One who is often lauded in the ranks of liberals is
Kirkpatrick Sale, author of the terrific book, The Conquest of Paradise.
book, seven years in the writing, is actually a dramatic
balance of violently opposing views.
The fact is Sale can`t help himself. Though a
renowned liberal, he cannot disguise the historical
record, nor does he try. Yes, he founded the
New York Green Party, and takes many opportunities
to denounce the
mechanical materialism of European society and its
galactic expansions through America. But, the facts in
the case of Columbus, the sheer telling of the story, is
overwhelmingly convincing. Columbus was
an extraordinarily individual. Sale simply can`t
tell the story any other way.
Indeed, the critics
can`t comprehend greatness. They are but leeches,
protesting the achievement of others. Worse, they
are thieves. As college professors, they rob
youth of their natural aspirations, their
instinctive ambitions. They offer instead an attitude of
depression. They degrade reality.
Greatness speaks for itself. It is its own
Dr. David A. Yeagley [email
is an enrolled member of the
and on his own Web site
and he is a regular speaker for
Young America`s Foundation.
David Yeagley`s columns for VDARE.COM include
An American Indian View of Immigration, and
To Deport or not to Deport.
David Yeagley is the author of Bad Eagle: The Rantings of a Conservative Comanche
and Altered States: The State of the Dead and the State of the Holy.