Preserve Columbus Day: It Is Our Heritage
QUESTION #3: AN END RUN AROUND TOWN MEETING:
In this year’s town election, voters will be asked to approve or reject a bid to establish October 12th as Indigenous People’s Day, superseding local references to Columbus Day (Question # 3). In October 2020, this issue raised its head at fall town meeting. A petitioner brought forth an extended resolution, representing it as, a “counter-celebration” intended to morally condemn Columbus Day, both internationally and domestically. In essence, the resolution sought to turn the commemoration of Columbus’s discovery of America, an event directly linked to the founding of our nation, into a condemnation of European settlement on this continent.
The resolution met strong opposition. While opponents acknowledged the injustices done to indigenous people, they also recognized and objected to what was clearly an attempt to discredit the founding of the United States, by irreparably associating it with slavery and genocide. Columbus Day should be recognized because it was one of the most significant discoveries in human history, a discovery that ultimately led to a nation, which threw off its own chains of imperial oppression, sacrificed considerable blood and suffering to end slavery, and then saved the world from greatest white supremacy threat in history, the Third Reich.
During the town meeting, the petitioner’s resolution was defeated but a follow-up resolution was immediately offered by one of the opponents, recognizing indigenous people’s day, but on a different date. The new resolution sought to celebrate it on March 4th, Andrew Jackson’s birthday. Jackson, as President, orchestrated the infamous “trail of tears” forcibly relocating the Cherokee people and other tribes west of the Mississippi river. This blatantly racist policy was initiated after a hard-fought debate in Congress, in which our own John Quincy Adams led the opposition. It should be Jackson, whose name should be linked to racism.
This resolution was referred by Town Meeting to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee for review and action. The committee disingenuously ignored the resolution and with the Select Board’s ascent, exploited the referral to resurrect the original measure through an unprecedented end run around town meeting. This question is not by citizen’s petition. Some DEI committee members have openly admitted their intent is to confront Columbus Day. Is it really necessary to recognize one people by dishonoring another? Question # 3 was conceived in bad faith and should be rejected.
Submitted By Dennis Galvin
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Preserve Our History – Vote NO on Ballot Question 3
We encourage you to vote NO on ballot question 3, which proposes to remove Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day.
As an immigrant who escaped communist China, I am concerned about the increasing trend of cancel culture, which echoes the destructive Chinese Cultural Revolution that took place in the last century. During those tumultuous years, historical monuments were destroyed, and traditional holidays were banned. This movement seems to have found its way to the US, with ballot questions like this one arising from a very biased perspective on history.
It’s important to acknowledge that when Columbus arrived in the Caribbean, slavery was already practiced by the indigenous peoples.
Columbus’s logs reveal his insistence on fair treatment for the people he encountered, and he even established policies to enforce this.
Columbus was brought back to Spain in chains for punishing Spaniards who failed to comply with these policies.
The conquest of the Americas by Spanish conquistadors, often cited as a genocide, began 13 years after Columbus’s death. If he were alive, he might have condemned these actions.
Our country was built on the principles of truth and forgiveness, not lies and hatred.
We invite you to support our efforts to preserve Columbus Day by signing our petition at:
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Save Columbus Day 01886
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Westford, MA 01886
Don’t forget to vote on May 2nd.
Submitted by Raymond Xie
Former State Rep Candidate of Massachusetts
Current Member of the Westford Republican Town Committee
 The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), By Dr. ANDRÉS RESÉNDEZ, professor of history, University of California, Davis. This book was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize from Columbia University.
 Christopher Columbus, "Journal of the First Voyage of Columbus," in Journal of Christopher Columbus (during his first voyage, 149293),
and Documents Relating to the Voyages of John Cabot and Gaspar Corte Real, edited and translated by Clements R. Markham
(London: Hakluyt Society, 1893), 15-193.
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A Battle for Massachusetts Is Now Underway
Support Republican Reformers Struggling To Keep The Flame Of Liberty Alive
If John Adams were alive today, he would find himself in despair over what has become of his cherished and beloved Commonwealth. Ambitious politicians, he anticipated; but self-serving political racketeers were the one thing he feared. It is they, who have taken over the Bay State, and it is they, who are working to extinguish the flame of liberty and democracy for all time. If they have their way, our children and grandchildren will never understand, let alone share the pride, the hope and the aspirations of being an American, things that most of us took for granted growing up. The last thin line of defense are 39 members of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee, who are resolved to defend America’s fundamental principles in this Commonwealth, in the face of entrenched, hostile and aggressive political interests seeking to push them over a political cliff.
It is a well-known fact, that the state’s monolithic Democratic party gained its hegemony over the people through corruption. Handing out jobs, state contracts, state benefits and terrorizing businesses through selective regulatory action have been their mode of operation for over 50 years. They have persistently practiced systemic corruption, which has damaged our state’s culture, character and reputation. Corruption like cancer spreads. It has now seeped into the Republican party and through the help of a willing Republican Governor, almost half the Republican state committee is under Beacon Hill control.
Many people shudder over the word power. Some run from it. But Alexander Hamilton warns us that politics is fundamentally a struggle for power, not liberty. If we who respect liberty, honesty and fairness are afraid of the struggle to preserve and hold these values, we will lose the precious legacy bequeathed to us through generations of sacrifice from the first blood shed at Lexington and Concord until now. Martin Luther King tells us that power is the ability to achieve purpose, and it is not only desirable, but essential for “bringing about the demands of love and justice.” We have an obligation to struggle and resist efforts to pare back the values and traditions we hold dear.
I stand with Chairman Jim Lyons, in his efforts to establish an independent Republican party for Massachusetts, one that accurately and honestly reflects the views of the rank and file, not Beacon Hill politicians. This means standing in defense of the US Constitution, the free enterprise economy and rooting out government corruption wherever it is found. If you believe in these values, I am asking for your help. Financial support is essential.
I am calling upon every Republican in this district, particularly those who hold leadership positions on ward and town committees to join me in pledging $100.00 annually to the Republican party. I have recommended a 50/50 split between the state, ward and town committees. Under the split donors would forward $50.00 to the state party and $50.00 to their local town or ward committee. We are facing a battle on all fronts and these contributions are essential. Your donations will demonstrate that hope and belief in American values and traditions has not died; that a spirit of resistance to corruption and heavy-handed government still exists. It will help the reformers to convince the hesitant that support for achieving reforms to make the party and its voice more effective actually exists.
I recently spoke with an old friend of mine, who has traveled extensively through eastern Europe. Of eastern European dissent and exhibiting many of the physical characteristics of the populations he has visited, my friend told me that he was always recognizable as an American. He said that it was because of the way that he carried himself, his mere walk gave it away. He told me that to the native population, he looked like someone, who could do anything he put his mind to, and that meant he must be an American. The leadership in this state wants to break that confidence and pride; it wants our children and grandchildren crawling to political bosses for meaning, sustenance and protection. Don’t let that happen. Give to Chairman Jim Lyons and the Massachusetts Republican Party so that we can continue to resist and ultimately prevail in the struggle to save a once great Commonwealth.
– Dennis Galvin
SOCIALISM AND OUR NATIONAL CRISIS
The rise of socialism in the US has brought a more radical element to Congress. The poster child is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Her calls for wealth redistribution and her uncompromising confrontations with both moderates and conservatives find their root in Marxist socialism. Unlike the older more utopian forms, which were often Christian based, the contemporary Marxist brand is “scientific”, rooted in materialism. The sworn enemy of religion, it views belief in God as a nefarious social construct intended to oppress mankind. It rejects moral values like honesty and respect for life. Violence, theft and lies are all part of its repertoire. Joseph Gobbles, the propagandist for National Socialist Germany said “tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will begin to believe it.” The lie is at the heart of socialism.
Socialism’s biggest lie is its claim to be the true voice of the people. All socialist institutions preface their titles with “the people’s this; the people’s that,” but what actually is the voice of the people? In the American tradition, it is a mandate derived from free and continuous elections, where each citizen gets one vote. This voice is implemented through an implied agreement between the voters and a smaller, more organized group of people, called the government, who actually carry out the people’s will. However, history demonstrates, that even in democracies, governments have their own will, which can be at odds with that of the people. Consequently, elections must be continuous to ensure that timely adjustments to the people’s mandate can be made to more approximate its true intent. A true expression of the people’s will demands that each vote be honestly cast by free independent voters, who submit their votes based upon an honest evaluation of the issues, and an honest intent to improve our society. Consequently, elected office holders sometimes lose their jobs.
Socialism changes this system by multiplying the influence of the government over the people, to the point where it ultimately dictates their will. This is done by controlling and influencing the economy, which is what socialism openly declares it will do. The influence is gained through the extension of benefits, imposition of regulations, awarding of contracts, or by direct government employment. Voters are essentially purchased or coerced. As economic influence expands over an increasing number of voters, the “voice of the people” becomes corrupted through bribery or intimidation. Unlike a free enterprise economy, workers have far less choice over where they can work, because the government either provides or authorizes employment. What happens to citizens, who have a grievance with their government in a socialist society? They keep their mouths shut or risk losing their livelihood or benefits.
Karl Marx openly called for the destruction of democratic institutions and sought a “dictatorship”. He predicted that a vanguard of revolutionaries would rise to represent the will of the people, because “the people” would never recognize their own interest. How are these leaders to be selected? By restricting participation in government until only a small number of connected people have a voice, hence the creation of an aristocracy. Look at the lack of turnover in the Massachusetts statehouse. Socialism’s ultimate goal is to eliminate popular elections for fear of counterrevolution; which is the desire of the people to return to democracy.
Socialists love to exploit the romanticism associated with the American Revolution to support their calls for violent social change. However, their agenda has nothing to do with bringing forth liberty or equality before the law. Their aim is to destroy the legal and social edifices, that have allowed freedom to flourish in our land for 250 years, and to construct a more ruthless and brutal aristocracy, than the one we threw off. Democratic revolution and socialist revolution are two different things. Thomas Jefferson wrote the manifesto for the former declaring “all men to be endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Karl Marx wrote the latter manifesto proclaiming that “ the history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggle.” One offers hope of social stability and inclusion; the other offers violence and liquidation. One seeks a win-win outcome, the other a zero sum game.
What we are witnessing in Washington today is a political insurrection by a Democratic party inspired in part by Marxist ideas. The rapacious and baseless attacks on our President, are not motivated by a search for truth, they follow Lenin’s stratagem of “vanquishing your opponent”. Whether you like President Trump or not, he has unmasked the truly precarious position of freedom and liberty in America today. The use of vicious and relentless personal attacks; as well as, the government’s intelligence apparatus to identify and harass opponents, is now a political strategy endorsed by today’s Democratic party. This will not end with President Trump. Anyone who dares challenge the Democratic party agenda can expect the same.
Marxism is a hate based ideology. A political party that harnesses hate will never bring stability or security to any society because such a party is in constant need of enemies. Hatred is its’ unifying principle. When one group of opponents has been decimated, the party will find others. Fear will paralyze and isolate those in opposition until ultimately everyone is consumed, and society plunges into complete and utter chaos, look at Venezuela.
A dark chasm divides our nation today created by ignorance and emptiness of soul. Abraham Lincoln warned us that “ we shall live for all time as free men or die by suicide.” Today, our nation stands like a man struggling with his sanity, holding a loaded gun, pointed at his heart. The hand on that trigger belongs to socialist America. Whether the trigger is pulled depends on whether the saner side of our national psyche can prevail.
– Dennis Galvin