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Happy Catholic Italian-American Day!

Someone wished me a Happy Indigenous People’s day yesterday. Yes, Columbus Day is the day commemorating the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not become a federal holiday until 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday, largely as a result of intense lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic fraternal organization. So really, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-American Catholic heritage.

Myself I was taught in school that Christopher Columbus discovered America as that is how the history books portrayed him back then.

Myself I would be offended if I was an indigenous person and wished a Happy Indigenous People’s day because from that perspective, that was the day that my lands and culture was assimilated into a European culture which happened to be mostly “white”.

So renaming a federal holiday honoring a person who made that achievement of crossing an ocean and “discovering” a new land to a holiday honoring that one’s lands and culture was forever changed seems would be a day I would not want to celebrate.

Perhaps we should just remove the holiday since many of us, myself included, are not Catholic nor Italian-American. Or perhaps we should rename the holiday to what it really is Happy Catholic Italian-American Day!

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A monument a statue

This was on a Classic Cartoons feature on Netflix and I found it really interesting that it was prefaced before the cartoons in the feature. It got me to think about this whole monuments/statue issue and find it is very much related.

A monument is a statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a famous or notable person or event. What adjective you use to describe it is solely your interpretation and deciding to tear down monuments for reasons based on our sensibilities today defeats the purpose of that monument no matter how you look at it.

The strength of our Nation was built on the taking advantage of others. In fact every country has done this and it is practiced to this day in the business world. It’s not right but it has happened and continues to happen. At the end of the day it’s not about what statue we allow to remain up but rather how we educate our society and our children as to what is considered right and acceptable. And let’s not forget that what we deem today as right and acceptable may just be the opposite decades from now. We tend to forget our sensibilities of right and wrong are driven by the society we live in so condemning what we have done in our past based on our sensibilities today is flawed. We have to understand why it was done, how it impacted the society then and what we can learn from that going forward in formulating what we consider an acceptable society today.

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DACA – To End

It’s about time a current President makes our Congress work for what they were elected to do instead of spending their time raising money for their personal agenda. I hope our Congress realizes though that our DACA young people (yes OUR young people) thru no fault of their own in being in our country, are contributing members of our country and hopefully some allowances will be made to allow them to stay. BUT, however, close that damn door and Congress GET OFF YOUR BUTTS and FINALLY make a solid and fair immigration policy that has been avoided for decades now in fear of not being popular among their constituents.

Our country was founded on immigration and in order to sustain our country we will need to continue to allow immigration into our country BUT we do not need ILLEGAL immigration going forward in any form. Yes, we as a country have the right and should have the right to choose who we allow to come into our country permanently.

DACA

DACA – We should not penalize these now adults holding jobs, owning homes, raising families, productive members of our country just because their parents brought them illegally into our country. Former President Obama was compassionate and realized the value these people have since contributed to our country when he passed the executive order allowing them to stay.

But we must not forget the wording of this order and that it does specifically state deferred action for a period of two years subject to renewal and does not provide lawful status.

As usual and typical of our government we do things half ass and although our former President had good intentions he only prolonged the inevitable.

What Is DACA:

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.

Strategy in Afghanistan – President Trump

Well gotta like what Trump is saying tonight (and let me say I am not a fan of Trump), and that is we will no longer announce our strategic plans in advance of the condition. War is war and one cannot tip toe around the consequences of it, you either fight to win or don’t bother. Same as owning a gun, you don’t go around threatening that you are going to use it in a defense causing event, you use it and kill if have to in order to defend yourself.

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Monuments – Removing of

I’m so sick of all this hate especially wanting to go back and eradicate any monumental reference to our history just because it represented a time in history that disfavors a group today. Instead of focusing all that energy on taking down these monuments, work on what is today. Get involved, advocate, make your voice heard on our issues today. After all it is not what ultimately happened in our history it is what we have learned from that time and how we can make sure it doesn’t happen again. Seems to me taking down monuments is counter intuitive to that energy and focus. All this hate makes me want to pack up and reclaim my German citizenship and move to Germany. But then I think of a conversation I had yesterday evening with a new work colleague from Sierra Leone, Africa who came to this country because he had a dream, a dream of a wonderful country and although he disfavors our current climate and actions of our President he is proud to be an American. The pride and emotions I felt were hard to contain.