It seems there are a bunch of knuckleheads around who refuse one of the many blessings of modern Western Civilization. Anti-vaxxers don’t believe in vaccinating their kids against diseases like measles, so diseases like measles are cropping up -- decades after they’d been more or less eradicated by … vaccines.

Monday was Columbus Day (“Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in more virtuous liberal enclaves). While the network evening news shows kept what we can only imagine was an embarrassed silence about the day and the man, the old Italian navigator took the expected beating in the lefty press.

Right on cue for Columbus Day, the statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle in Manhattan is getting round-the-clock guards to ward off vandals, and USA Today’s Josh Hafner wants to know “As Confederate statues come down, what about Columbus?”

As we approach Columbus Day, the far left has been pushing a nationwide campaign to smear, tear down and ultimately erase the memory of the man who introduced the Americas to the rest of the world.

Season four of Blackish premiered on October 3 with their episode Juneteenth: The Musical a play on the Broadway show Hamilton: The Musical. The episode opened with Dre (Anthony Anderson) and his wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) at their kids' Columbus Day school play. During the performance, which he calls a "racist pageant," Dre imagines a "woke" version of the play where Christopher Columbus admits to being "pretty much evil."

MRC Culture has argued before that once all the Confederate statues have been dismantled, suspicious subway tiles retired and any surviving Dukes of Hazard cars been sent to the Earl Scheib Paint Booth and Ideological Reeducation Camp, the left’s War on Inanimate Objects is going to continue.

Clearly, it’s a bad time to be a dauntless Italian navigator whose explorations led directly to the founding of the greatest nation and force for good the world has ever known. More specifically, it’s a bad time to be a monument to that intrepid seaman.

Samantha Schmidt's Thursday item for The Washington Post played up how the Los Angeles City Council voted on Wednesday to rename Columbus Day as "Indigenous Peoples Day." Schmidt boosted a wild statement from the proposal's sponsor, Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who denigrated the holiday: "As statues aggrandizing the Confederacy topple across the South, so too should this symbol of oppression and genocide."

The left has gone out of its mind. In a mad rush to overturn more than 500 years of American history, liberals want to replace it with something far worse. Out goes Columbus. In comes, monstrous Aztec sacrifice. Just don’t expect the news outlets to admit it.

President Trump said a lot of things in the wake of the Charlottesville violence, many of them unhelpful. But he got one big thing unequivocally correct when he said of the Maoist statue topplers: “So, this week it’s Robert E. Lee, I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder,” Trump asked, “is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”

Just in time for Columbus Day coming up next month, NBC's new comedy The Good Place condemns the famous explorer to Hell for "all the raping, slave trade, and genocide."

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue … and committed the Original Sin of the liberal imagination. Peruse leftwing sites for observances of Columbus Day and you learn that the intrepid explorer brought only pillage, rape, murder, and enslavement to Eden of the Americas.

On Oct. 10, Yahoo promoted the latest attack on Columbus in Jay Bushbee’s “Slavery, disease, death: the dark side of the Christopher Columbus story.” Columbus Day, according to Bushbee, is a “dangerous farce.”