If you thought October 12th, was Columbus Day you are mistaken. So were your teachers and the calendar makers who mark that day specifically as the one set aside to honor Italian explorer Christopher Columbus “who sailed the ocean blue in 1492,” from Spain to the New World. He traveled in a time when the world was thought to be flat, making his three-ship voyage all the more courageous.
We now live in a time when those we regarded as worthy of memorials are defamed. Statues of Columbus, along with our nation’s founders and presidents, including President Grant who led the Northern Army to victory during our Civil War fought to end slavery, have been defaced and toppled by historically ignorant mobs. They have vandalized, looted and burned large swaths of American cities while violently targeting police officers who they want to defund and displace.
Arizona’s lame duck Governor Doug Ducey has executed a novel plan as he falls prey to the counter culture rebels, issuing this proclamation rife with “Whereases” declaring October 12th Indigenous Peoples’ Day. He says it won’t replace Columbus Day, but the odds are good it eventually will.
State Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai (D-LD7) is more honest, declaring she’s been working since 2013 to get a bill passed that would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in Arizona, but she was always met with negativity, told it would never happen.
The local newspaper quotes Peshlakai as saying she hopes to “make Columbus Day Indigenous Peoples Day and maybe make June 2nd Native American Civil Rights Day.” She successfully got a bill passed recognizing Native American Day on June 2, 2018, but that wasn’t good enough. “It was really a hollow victory,” she groused, “June 2nd in the hottest state as a day to celebrate Native people? It was more of a slap in the face.”
Her most recent bill SB1026 received zero votes in both the Government and Rules committees, but that didn’t deter Ducey who acted despite its monumental failure.
Ducey’s proclamation appears to be a means of generating tribal votes. He and his wife recently sold their 11,400-square-foot Paradise Valley gated, golf course, mansion on a two-acre lot, including a separate 1,200-square-foot guesthouse for almost $9 million. Is he looking at relocating to Washington DC…and, if so, in what capacity?
Tutored in politics by John McCain, Ducey is every bit as self-serving. Check out his suspect connections as he sits on the board of a group doing testing, and is an affiliate of a prospective Coronavirus vaccine maker, in a clear conflict of interest.