In late summer of 1492, Christopher Columbus set out on a voyage that would, quite literally, change the world. At the time, no one could understand its reach or how its impact would come to reverberate across the continents, least of all Columbus himself. His plan was simply to establish a western trade route to the Indies.
The odds of this journey opening up the way for the building of a nation founded on the principle of freedom and limited government that represents the people and derives its power from those very people, who in turn derive their rights from God, were miniscule. These were novel concepts.
Yet here we are, a nation that has for over 200 years been a city on a hill, a light of freedom, social mobility, progress and prosperity to the world. There seems to be an effort to undermine the good of this country, but those who do this fail to recognize the world as it looked before the existence of the United States, or even show any awareness of much of the world today.
To this man who, against all odds, became a trailblazer for the many who would follow and those who would eventually, at great personal cost, create the framework of the United States of America, we owe a great debt of gratitude and respect.