(TheIndependentStar.com) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has been a major figure in the news in recent months as he works to uphold conservative political ideals. He’s been in fights over critical race theory in schools, vaccine mandates, and other hot-button issues. His latest battle is over a national holiday.
On October 11, DeSantis signed a Columbus Day declaration.
Christopher Columbus displayed courage, determination, and perseverance when he sailed the ocean blue more than 500 years ago.
Happy Columbus Day! pic.twitter.com/6N0MlOkrvZ
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 11, 2021
The governor proclaimed the holiday observation is to honor the hard work and legacy of the explorer who helped to make North America known to the rest of the world and aided in the establishment of the US.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) October 12, 2021
DeSantis also discussed the importance of the holiday to Italian-Americans. He explained that, since Columbus Day became official in 1892 under President Benjamin Harrison, it was never before considered a political topic of debate. Only recently has it gone from something representing courage and exploration to a representation of evil.
His words are in direct opposition to the liberal push to change the holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and remove Columbus from history. The movement seeks to change the day to honor the people who already lived on this land as a way to discount the explorer’s work.
The governor urged people to find lessons in history and not to erase it or try to change it. He also blamed detractors for trying to make the US look bad and refusing to see the good in the country.
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