Happy Columbus Day!
517 years ago a merchant from a small town in Italy sailed from Spain with 90 men aboard the Niña, Pinta, and the flagship Santa Maria landing 2 months later in the New World. Even though Columbus was never able to land in the North America, his voyage is much to be celebrated. His journey became the marriage of European expedition with the Americas, resulting in the first permanent European colonies.
It is amazing to reflect on the hardships that the colonists of the New World endured 517 years ago. Many of those who set sail to the Americas were looking of gold and other riches but many were looking for a place where freedoms are protected unlike in their homelands. The theme of colonization of the Americas was the opportunity for a better life.
Unfortunately, we Americans are still facing the same adversaries in reaching our own prosperity today: oppression, poverty, and an elite power that is out of touch with the mass public. Stimulus packages, bailouts, and a massive health care bill among other things, threaten the woven fabric of freedom from the many that voyaged to this land and the wars that have been fought to protect it.
As we approach the secular holiday Halloween, we should be frightened. We should be frightened about what is happening in Raleigh and Washington, DC. You can stop the atrocities by exercising your patriotic duty by participating in the political process in your own community. I challenge you to do four things this month:
1) Work for a candidate in some capacity. Make phone calls, walk a precinct, or make a donation.
2) Call 10 friends and remind them to vote and ask them to call 10 of their friends.
3) Call your Senator and Congressmen and tell them enough is enough. Remind them of your liberties enumerated in the Constitution.
4) Thank a soldier or veteran for their service to this great nation. We would not be able to exercise our freedoms without them.
Let's continue to work towards that dream of a better life like so many before us came to this land for.
Start today! Get involved!
THE FUTURE IS RED! THE FUTURE IS NOW!
North Carolina Federation of Young Republicans
"And I'm going to sign the proclamation now, but as I sign it, I am commemorating not only the great navigator and explorer, Christopher Columbus, but those who centuries later followed him to the New World and helped make this the great nation that it is today.. " - Ronald Reagan, Remarks on Signing the Columbus Day Proclamation, October 9, 1981
Editor's Note: Your blogger was a member of the Wake County Young Republicans, off and on, for some twenty years and holds the unofficial record as the group's longest-serving member. She supports the Young Republicans, what they do, and the beliefs they hold. Her son attended his first YR meeting at the age of one month. KCC wanted to get him started, and on the right track, early.