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Biden Abandons Delaware’s Greatest Patriot, Christopher Columbus Too

AMAC Exclusive – by Seamus Brennan

Today marks the 293rd anniversary of the birth of a little-known but nevertheless heroic Founding Father whose gallant and patriotic actions in July 1776 proved indispensable in sealing America’s independence. On July 1, 1776, Caesar Rodney braved harsh thunderstorms and rode 80 miles on horseback from Dover to Philadelphia—despite his ongoing battles with cancer and asthma—to cast Delaware’s vote in favor of American independence. Rodney’s actions guaranteed the Declaration of Independence would be passed unanimously, immortalizing the sacred cause of American freedom for all time. Not surprisingly, however, Rodney has become a recent victim of the left’s full-scale war on America’s history and heroes—and Joe Biden, the President of the United States, who hails from Delaware himself, has remained utterly complicit.

Despite Rodney’s well-earned position of prominence in the state of Delaware (town squares, high schools, streets, university residence halls, and walking trails have been named in his honor), in June of 2020, the Caesar Rodney Equestrian Statue that graced Wilmington’s Rodney Square for nearly a century was removed in the name of “creating a more inclusive environment for all people,” a sentiment signaling that Rodney’s ownership of slaves was cause enough to erase the memory of his historic deed from the public square. Though Rodney did indeed inherit slaves, he also took measures to set in motion the abolition of slavery: he introduced, for instance, a bill barring the importation of slaves in Delaware, and upon his death in 1784, demanded—as President George Washington would later do—that all his slaves be freed in his will. More significantly, Rodney’s pivotal signing of the Declaration paved the way for the gradual abolition of slavery in several states of the new American Republic, and ultimately everywhere after the Civil War, which would have never been possible without first achieving independence from Britain.

During the riots and statue-toppling of 2020, then-candidate Joe Biden blatantly ignored calls to speak out against the statue’s removal in his own home state. As William McGurn quite accurately predicted in the Wall Street Journal in the midst of the summer chaos, “Notwithstanding calls for Mr. Biden to declare himself on the issue, he’s clearly betting that a press corps that managed to ignore a former Senate staffer’s charge of sexual assault for weeks won’t press him on the statues and the mayhem. No doubt he is betting correctly.” To the surprise of few, Biden never spoke out to defend Caesar Rodney and was never held to account by the media. 

To this day, the Rodney statue remains out of public sight, and the mayor of Wilmington has repeatedly sidestepped the possibility of re-erecting it—likely as a result of being coaxed by his fellow city officials who have claimed the equestrian statue would “instill mental trauma on our residents” and cause “pain.”

Also removed from public view in Wilmington last summer was a statue of Christopher Columbus carrying the Cross of Christ, which had graced the city since 1957 and was endorsed by the Catholic fraternal group the Knights of Columbus. The Columbus statue in Wilmington was just one of many to be removed throughout the country as part of the left’s longstanding war on Christopher Columbus.

As the President of the United States and a Delaware native himself, Biden could easily issue a statement on the importance of Columbus and Rodney, or otherwise encourage Wilmington city officials to reinstate both statues. And they would surely listen—after all, in his own words, “the buck stops” with him. He is the President and the most influential figure in Delaware politics. Instead, he has deliberately chosen to remain silent and is therefore a willing accomplice to the progressive crusade to distort and eliminate the truth of the American Founding.

Biden’s inability to recognize that the same Founders who at one time owned slaves also went on to establish a constitutional republic that would abolish both the slave trade and the practice of slavery altogether is wholly ironic. Biden himself has boasted of working alongside and compromising with segregationists (even giving eulogies at the funerals of three of them), fought against busing to desegregate schools in the 1970s, and is on record saying in 1977 that desegregation policies would cause his children to “grow up in a racial jungle.”

While Biden has described his own capacity to evolve on racial matters during his own life, he has refused to afford the same ability to change over one’s life to the American Founders. If Biden were to employ the same logic to his own situation that he has used to discredit the Founding generation, he would find that there is no principle by which he should be serving as president.

For many Americans, it will come as no surprise that the same president who left hundreds of Americans behind in Afghanistan has not lifted a finger to protect the memory of his home state’s greatest hero.

Though President Trump issued rousing Columbus Day proclamations all four years of his presidency (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and an additional proclamation commemorating Caesar Rodney’s birthday in 2020, it would be shocking for Biden to follow course. Rather, Americans should likely expect nothing more than sustained silence, apart from a probable statement or tweet commemorating “Indigenous People’s Day” like he issued last year as a candidate.

But Joe Biden’s refusal to celebrate these two giants of our history does not make their lives or contributions to American life any less important or influential. As America today memorializes the anniversary of Caesar Rodney’s birth and prepares to celebrate Columbus Day on Monday, let us renew our commitment to commemorating their lives, honoring their storied legacies, and celebrating their heroic courage.

As Columbus wrote in his Lettera Rarissima, “Let those who are fond of blaming and finding fault, while they sit safely at home, ask, ‘Why did you not do thus and so?’ I wish they were on this voyage; I well believe that another voyage of a different kind awaits them, or our faith is naught.”

As he “sits safely at home” in the White House, Joe Biden would do well to take these words to heart.

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Dr.C
1 month ago

Biden is the titular head of a counterfeit government, what could anyone expect from this controlled dysfunctional buffoon. Biden would prefer Jeff Espstine to Columbus, they have more in common.

BAE
1 month ago

Joe Biden is corrupt and loves BIG government. He does nothing to help the middle class, except make it shrink.

Mike B.
1 month ago

In this article it states President Trump gave rousing Columbus Day proclamations, all 4 years of his presidency , and for Rodney’s birthday in 2020. Everything that President Trump has accomplished, J.B has does the opposite. Everyday we read how this creature is destroying our country. Can we count on Delaware to vote RED in 22, and 24, or will they forget this? The mayors , and governors should be ashamed of themselves for not speaking up. Like Illinois, the state where I live,, we have politicians who love the chaos. It’s a damn shame this is happening to our country. God bless America.

Aaron P Lopez
1 month ago

Im so insanely angry at this Biden administration that it makes me sick to my stomach !! I don’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth. The news media is just as complicit in destroying this country.
Impeach him, get him out now and take Kamala, Schumer, Pelosi, AOC, Omar, Talib, with you. Get all the scum out of Washington !
I despise all of them. Restore the sanity in our country, restore our schools.
Its time to take back this country. Stand guard over our polling places and vet every mail in vote that comes in ! Make sure their legit.
Pass voter ID laws. Im sick of this whole damn circus, its gone on way too long !! I’m surprised we let out go on this long. Its not amusing any longer, its flat out treasonous at best what the Democrats are doing.

Jerry
1 month ago
Reply to  Aaron P Lopez

This calls for an uprising!

Kelli
1 month ago

Our country is crumbling under Biden/Harris!! Soon we won’t have an America left!! It’s horrifying…

Karen
1 month ago

Biden has abandoned the good people of the USA. Traitor!!!

Patty L
1 month ago

What happened to my comment?

Patty L
1 month ago

Do full audits in ALL the states, reverse the election results and put our true President Donald J Trump back in office!!!! In the very least Joe OBiden should be impeached!!! Another question…When are the criminals who lied under oath before the Congress of the United States of America in an effort to perpetrate the Russian hoax, going to be arrested and jailed? Is every branch of our government polluted? I want my old America back! PLEASE!!!!

Hal
1 month ago

Biden is an insane mentally ill DemocRat crackpot that when he could think rationally in the past it often took him and his family member down the crook path. In his present state of insanity he believes he is God and is functioning as a puppet whose strings are being pulled by … Who Knows?

John
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

What does that say about the people who VOTED for him? His mental state preexisted his election
to the Presidency, how do you explain that? Perhaps the voters were in the same mental state?

Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  John

If indeed he did win and I still do not believe the results, those voters cast their ballots out of hate for President Trump (in my opinion the best president since Reagan) and also the best President of this century; that is simple stupidity!!!!! You don’t vote on love or hate, you vote on the best candidate and President Trump should have won because he was the best and proved it by his first term!!! God Bless President Trump.

Jerry
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill

All of President Trump’s ballots were legitimate. He actually won.

Cathryn Pindzola
1 month ago
Reply to  John

And then there are the IDIOTS in DE who kept re-electing him to the Senate. I am proud to say that, as a Delawarean, I have NEVER voted for biden. And have you noticed that, when it is politically expedient, he claims PA as his home state, and other times, De.

PapaGrouch
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Absolutely, John, even though Biden didn’t have the votes to win, the left devised and schemed enough non-existing votes and “disappeared” enough of Trump’s votes to put the brain dead jack-a$$ in the box in office.

Jerry
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

String puller= Obummer.

Carl Sampson Farris Jr
1 month ago

The injustice of Caesar Rodney and Christopher Columbus should haunt the traitors forever!!!

Joyce Laarz
1 month ago

Biden is nothing more then an American traitor….he should be abolished from this country and sent to China.

Karen
1 month ago

Biden is being influenced by Obama, the far left, Pelosi, Schumer,Nadler, Shiff, Waters and CHINA!

GKP
1 month ago

JOE THE DEMENTIA KING RATES AS A CLEAR ASSHOLE//

david d parrish
1 month ago

joe biden is a traitor to our country

Harry Guzaliak
1 month ago

Joe Biden

Dale
1 month ago

Where is my last comment??

Dale
1 month ago

My family NEVER supported slavery, never owned slaves, so why should my tax money go to pay reparations???

Dale
1 month ago

In the spirit of this issue, why is Harris still vice president? Her family were slave owners so she is a slave owner and is incapable of being any type of government employee. Why hasent she reached into her bank account and paid families of slaves???

PapaGrouch
1 month ago
Reply to  Dale

And THAT, Dale my friend, is the shining truth of the left’s hypocrisy.

Granky
1 month ago

Gotta remove all those patriotic statues to make room for George Floyd statues. Democrats be woke.

George
1 month ago

Please do not confuse the left/democrats with facts. It really upsets them.

PapaGrouch
1 month ago
Reply to  George

I was going to agree but I couldn’t stop laughing! Well said, George. So true, brother.

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