Man does not live by bread alone. It’s appropriate for a great people to do things simply for the honor and wonder of achievement: sailing around the globe, exploring the stars, authoring literature, poetry, and making great art. The 1960s era space program was once such thing. A flicker of its greatness has existed ever since. NASA’s budget, while substantial, yielded many times its numbers in national pride, national prestige, and knowledge. Consider Hubble alone! Of course, NASA needs reform, not least in the way of efficiency, mission focus, and deep-sixing its egregious affirmative action policies. But it makes sense for a great nation to put man into orbit and to explore the stars, for reasons of national defense alone. None of this means anything to Obama and others like him. Obama only cares about redistributing wealth to his mostly minority constituencies. He implied it was a matter of “better or worse” that we’re a super-power. Not for long with him at the helm. And he’s killing the space program as part of his program.
The general weakening of our culture, the honor due our civilizational allies like Poland and Great Britain, and making tough choices on entitlements are all non-concerns for Obama. He is excited by making the last first and degrading symbolically all that was glorious and note-worthy about the old oppressor America, that is the entire history of America before he was born. This is a guy who has much more concern for a white cop in Cambridge’s than the white dots in the sky that represent other worlds and ultimate destiny of our mankind. He allegedly wants to stimulate the economy, while destroying one of the few government activities–defense and aerospace–that actually does create wealth and technology useful for the rest of the society. Better to fund midnight basketball, internet cafes in Detroit, and God knows what else rather than embracing something that hints at national greatness. Because that greatness undermines the premise of deep evil in the heart of America before its descent into leftism, self-hatred, and multicultural reengineering over the last 30 years.
It fills me with great sadness to see the images of well groomed engineers before America was “diversified” doing great things. This, the America that supposedly needed diversity, a sexual revolution, forced integration, and a huge welfare state before it would be worth a damn. And, yet, it’s there for eyes to see: the land and the people that put a Man on the Moon did not need diversity at all. It was a homogenous people, as real a people as those of any other nation. And that land and that people are dying. Or, rather, they are being murdered.