Although she has recently declined in popularity, Columbia once played just as large as Uncle Sam in representing the American spirit. She was political conscience, patron of culture, and champion of westward expansion (and the philosophy of Manifest Destiny).
Columbia lacks the followers to be a goddess, but she is equal to many and stronger than some.
The spirit considers herself to be a daughter of Athena, and it may even be true. The Olympian goddess has seeded her Forces in many a national spirit as a way to guard her image against the ravages of Heaven and depredation of Hell. Continue reading