Trump embraces the 'culture war'
"Five hundred and twenty-five years ago, Christopher Columbus completed an ambitious and daring voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. ... a remarkable and then-unparalleled feat that helped launch the age of exploration and discovery. The permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas was a transformative event that ... changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation."
Columbus, said Trump, was a "skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions -- even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity."
The Admiral of the Ocean Sea "was a native of the City of Genoa, in present day Italy, and represents the rich history of important Italian American contributions to our great Nation. ... Italy is a strong ally and a valued partner," said Trump.
His proclamation failed to mention indigenous peoples.
How did CNN receive it? Not at all well.
"Trump's Praise of Columbus Omits Dark History," ran the CNN headline. Lede sentence: "Never mind the disease and slavery wrought by Christopher Columbus' voyage -- or the fact that he didn't actually 'discover' the New World."
Trump's proclamation closed a week in which he rolled back the Obamacare mandate requiring employers and institutions, against their religious beliefs, to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing pills to employees.
Religious groups cheered. The ACLU fumed. The in-your-face defiance of the dictates of political correctness has solidified Trump's base behind him.
And Americans are coming to accept our new reality: On the essentials of nationhood -- ancestry, morality, faith, culture, history, heroes -- we really are no longer one nation and one people.
All weekend, viewers of cable TV were treated to self-righteous wailing from the acolytes of Colin Kaepernick, patron saint of the 49ers, that "taking the knee" to protest racism and racist cops is a most admirable exercise of the First Amendment right to protest.