October 10, 2005

Columbus Day

Horatio Nelson famously said, in his orders before the battle of Trafalgar, that no captain could do very wrong by laying his ship alongside that of the enemy. Similarly, it is very tempting to say that one could do no wrong by opposing anything Ward Churchill has ever advocated. Indeed, the Denver Columbus Day protest he founded continues to be an annoying circus of political correctness. Nevertheless, I prefer yet a third position, which Glenn Reynolds was kind enough to dig out of the UPI archives and link to today.

Posted by Jim Bennett at October 10, 2005 06:13 PM

How 'bout a compromise: We celebrate Columbus first and then Cabot? 2 holidays to celebrate the discovery and colonization of the New world as well an extention of Western civ? :)
That way we celebrate the 2 great streams: the Latin/Mediterranean and the Anglos/Northern Europe

Posted by: xavier at October 10, 2005 08:15 PM

Fine with me. But you've got to clear it with the Brazilians.

Posted by: Jim Bennett at October 11, 2005 01:07 AM