October 11, 2020

The title of this post is recognized by many as the opening line of a little poem that helped youth in schools to learn the date on which Christopher Columbus discovered America. That would have been over 60 years ago for me as we studied about Columbus discovering America.

However, for a long time now, that date and even the person who actually discovered America, has been in dispute. Many say now that Leif Ericson, an early Viking, discovered America around 1000 A.D., nearly 500 years before Columbus was even born.

Frankly, I don’t know. But for ages America celebrated Columbus as the one who made the discovery.  But it wasn’t until 1968 that Columbus Day became a national paid holiday in America. If nothing else, that day has been celebrated to honor the heritage of Italian-Americans.

Just recently, American history has been in the process of being re-written. The great city of Columbus, Ohio has seen the statue of Columbus removed. Many say Columbus is not worthy to be celebrated because he killed and looted the people in the lands that he did discover in the name of Spain.

I am not wanting to argue about what Columbus did do or did not do. But many still celebrate Columbus as a hero for having made the effort and undertaken the very dangerous risk to cross the Atlantic Ocean, not knowing for sure where he was going.

People need heroes. Columbus may not have been a perfect man, but he took risks to make Spain greater and richer. One can not fault him for that.

It’s often said by people who succeed at anything, that they recognize that they have stood on the shoulders of great people who went before them.  We build upon other people’s success as we continue to grow and develop what others have built on.  Where would we be if each new generation had to re-invent the wheel all over again? Fortunately, we don’t do that.  We just continue to improve what has come before us.

That’s a true statement, whether we talk about the evolution of the light bulb, the telephone, or any other invention.  We also learn by the mistakes of others who have gone before us. Do we want to fail as they did? Then don’t do the same thing they did. One who does not learn history is doomed to repeat it. There are many versions and authors of that thought. And it’s certainly true.

As America gets ready for the general election on Nov. 3, 2020, I remind myself where this great country came from and how we evolved to such greatness. Our great founders, men of God and full of wisdom, wrote the great Declaration of Independence and then our Constitution. Few countries have existed for so long under one Constitution. We seem to be unique.  Certainly blessed.  But actually, there have been other great countries before us dating back to biblical times. All those great countries before us only lasted about 250 years. That’s approximately the age of America. All those great countries failed and began to be in decline. Why?  Each great country failed for the very same reasons. They got away from God, quit believing in family, put the pleasures of the world first in their lives, began to become welfare states, quit believing in the value of individual hard work, became politically corrupt and greedy, and a host of other common denominators.

If you noticed, America is doing the very same things as those great countries of the past. And why should we expect any other outcome?

That’s why I mentioned the 2020 election. We have a choice, no – a duty, to pray about how to vote in this election. It’s not about a single person, it’s about a way of life bigger than any one man.

I just read a book last week outlining why those great nations of the past failed. It’s a must-read book.  The name of the book is AMERICA’S EXPIRATION DATE, written by Cal Thomas. It’s only about 190 pages long, and that includes all the back matter. I read it in two sittings. Read it. It’s worth your time and maybe you can lend the book to a friend or family member who is straddling the fence on this most important election since our founding.

Yes, heroes are worth celebrating. God gave the great framers of our country the courage to risk their lives for this great new experiment called America.  Are we any better than them to do our part to keep America free? It’s not just for us alive today, but for our posterity. Do your part.

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley

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