"The law is reason, free from passion."
He refused to remove his chains on the entire trip back to Spain in spite of the Captain explicitly offering to allow him to do so (it's not like he could really 'escape' from a ship in the middle of the ocean, after all ), just because he wanted to looked as broken and pathetic as possible when he eventually got his an audience with the queen. He also wrote a drawn out hyper-religious letter begging for forgiveness just because he knew how devout Queen Isabella happened to be.
The guy was basically a world class suck-up. lol
"Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her." -- G.K. Chesterton
There have to be x number of holidays in the year, and they have to be distributed pretty evenly, or at least that's what an HR person would tell you. Columbus is a fair enough choice because it is a nice opportunity to give the kids a historical lesson about early American history, just like President's day and Thanksgiving, and to most people, it's not all that controversial.
We should abolish it and not replace it with anything. Geez we have to many holidays as it is and they continue to add them. In another 50 years our government employees and banks will only work half the year /sarcasm
Of course it's propaganda. What do you think all that stuff on TV is?