NASA, Islamic Self-Esteem and American Exceptionalism
I am almost certain, to the point of approaching unity, that NASA’s head, Charles Bolden does not have in his job description the duty of explaining to Al Jazeera that one of NASA’s foremost tasks is to “reach out to the Muslim world.” I also very much doubt that Alan Shepherd, in May 1961, as he sat in Freedom 7 thought his mission was Muslim outreach. I also doubt, in July 1969, as Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon that he shared Mr. Bolden’s thoughts.
But, for all the outrage, none of it comes from Obama and his fellow travelers. Because the real message is aimed at America, not the Muslim world. The real message is that manned space travel is dead. One of the chief reasons is that any vestige of American Exceptionalism is dead. The triumphs such as the first man on the Moon cannot be allowed for fear of giving the impression that America is actually a preeminent nation.
When President Kennedy announced the goal of a man (American man, that is) on the Moon by the end of the (1960’s) decade, he was directly channeling Abraham Lincoln. During his tenure, Abraham Lincoln committed this country to building the Transcontinental Railroad. It was a project, using technology only thirty or forty years old, to span two thousand miles of the North American continent from Omaha to Sacramento. It was, for its day, a project every bit as ambitious and technologically challenging as Kennedy’s Moon landing a century later.
Lincoln did it for many reasons. One was to open the West to settlement. Until the railroad, transportation of large quantities of materials or large number of persons was only practical by navigable water. Unless there was freely available forage, an animal-drawn conveyance had a range of only 200 miles because the fuel needed (hay) would become the entire payload.
But, the real reason for the Transcontinental Railroad was national sovereignty. Lincoln realized that sovereignty is about real estate; and the ability to control that real estate. He realized that our country needed the means to communicate rapidly across our continent. He also realized that we needed we need to control and secure our territory. This is more than securing our borders. It is physically occupying our land with our people, American citizens. It is about Americans placing their boots on the ground, living there and drawing their sustenance there.
Until the railroad came, the riches and opportunity that lay in the Great Plains and Intermountain West were simply inaccessible. While a few hardy souls could live there only at a sufferance, the ability to freely move people, their goods and their commerce could not happen. It was only with the beachhead of the railroad that Americans could leave the vagaries of water born transportation and strike out into the West at will. It was only then that villages, town and cities could arise on the plains and in the mountains.
In a similar vein, this is what Kennedy started with the direction he gave the space program. The manned space program. It was to start by placing American boots on new real estate. It was the start of a new national sovereignty that, again, could only be achieved by physically occupying new territories with Americans.
It is a dream and goal that does not fit Obama’s narrative. A narrative that seeks to place America in the status of second-place mediocrity. Wholesale take-overs of our economy by this administration will only serve to strike down whatever preeminence America once had in those fields. GM and Chrysler will no longer be the leaders in the automotive industry. Chevy will now produce the Trabants, er Volts, for the masses and Cadillac to produce the Zil limousines for the party big-shots. American medicine will now be relegated to keeping enough workers functioning to follow the diktats of our the same said elites. The special bond, defined by Hippocrates, between physician and patient no longer fits the image of the new American Socialist Man.
These asinine comments by Bolden about NASA’s mission of Muslim outreach finally brings us to the point of the perniciousness of how socialism kill countries and societies. Depending on how you shift around accounting, one finds that our tax revenues sufficient to pay for the big three entitlements–Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and, now, Obamacare. Everything else–national defense, border security, roads and commerce–are all funded by deficit spending. Our government no longer functions to address the problems and issues of national sovereignty and national security. It no longer functions to maintain honest money. It no longer functions to maintain internal order; the kind needed to promote jobs and commerce.
Our government now only functions as the wet teat to suckle dependent subjects and serfs. And, it is now been maneuvered into a position that that is its only purpose. A short lived purpose since ignoring the real functions of nationhood will only result in the ultimate dissolution of that nation and government.
NASA is but one example of this county-killing decline caused by socialism. With the imminent retirement of the space shuttle and the cancellation of future manned space projects by this administration, NASA no longer has a mission commensurate to its name. Like every governmental function in Chicago, NASA’s stated purpose becomes it secondary purpose. Secondary to the primary purpose to creating yet another source of taxpayer funded patronage jobs. And, a department full of dependent worker bees to be mobilized to whatever whim strikes our ‘dear leader.’ Whims such as Muslim outreach or cooking up data to further the fraud of ‘global warming.’ Or, is it climate change?
But, a triumphal return of American astronauts to the Moon? An American as the first human to set foot on Mars? Not on Obama’s watch. Such triumphs would not suit a nation that needs to be put in it place; second place. There’s a reason that Obama is a Democrat and Lincoln a Republican. The latter man stood for individual freedom and initiative. Obama, you’re no Abe Lincoln.