COMRADE PEE-WEE’S EXCELLENT NON-ADVENTURE
“Don’t be afraid to see what you see.”–Ronald Reagan, regarding our willful blindness to Communism
Cora Peterson: “We’re going to see things no one has ever seen before. Just think about it.”
Grant: “That’s the trouble. I am.”–Raquel Welch and Stephen Boyd in “Fantastic Voyage”, 1966
Ministry in the Wilderness Years 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama went to the Space Coast of Florida and lied outright to the space workers there.
Realizing that Florida’s electoral votes were key to his plan to impose Socialism on America, Obama made a conscious decision to lie to their faces, telling them that their jobs were safe, the funding was secure, that America was returning to the moon, and that greatness still lay ahead.
As soon as his own job was secured, however, he began firing the workers, canceling the moon program, initiating the War on Greatness and grabbing the money for the Socialist Project. And even that is being done in a dishonest manner.
Simply put, an administration that believes in manned space exploration — believes in Mankind.
So it’s hardly a surprise that Barack H. Obama is in the process of killing the Constellation program proposed by (of course) President George W. Bush to return human beings, Americans, to the Moon, this time to stay…
And it’s even less of a surprise that they’re doing it in a backhanded way, in violation of an act that Obama himself is about to sign into law — while mockingly flouting it:
“The head of Nasa, Major-General Charlie Bolden — an Obama appointee — has now written to aerospace contractors telling them to cut back immediately on Constellation-related projects costing almost $1 billion (£690 million), to comply with regulations requiring them to budget for possible contract termination costs.
The move has been branded a “disingenuous legal manoeuvre” and referred to Nasa’s inspector-general for investigation. “It’s bordering on arrogance by the Administration to boldly and brazenly go forward with this approach. It shows a blatant disregard for Congress,” said the Republican Congressman Rob Bishop, of Utah, whose constituency stands to lose thousands of jobs. Two weeks ago the Senate passed legislation that compels Nasa to continue work on Constellation unless Congress directs otherwise. That legislation is due to be signed into law by Mr Obama this month while Congress continues its deliberations over his proposal to cancel the current space space progamme.”
In other words, Obama is the Maximum Leader, and he doesn’t need any pesky “co-equal branches of government” telling him how to do things–even if he signs their laws!
But why? Why the hostility to the space program?
For one thing, it denotes American greatness. To Obama, that means jingoism. And patriotism, which is a lesser love than the Pure Socialist Ideal.
Just as he has never “forgiven” the US for ousting the Communist Mossadegh in Iran during the Cold War, Obama has never forgiven America for beating the Soviets to the moon.
Yes, the Soviets had a space program, even before us–but in Obama’s view, they were only forced into it by American aggression. Obama would get even by forcing us to hitch-hike a ride into space with the Russians or Chinese, in which our sole contribution would be bringing along the escape pod, which would be like Columbus setting out for the New World in a life preserver.
But it is an apt metaphor for a passive/aggressive Escape Hatch Presidency.
You might think that a man who fancies himself Overlord Galacticus, Lord of All Worlds, Both Known and Unknown, Except for One Mile Deep in the Gulf Which is Not My Fault would welcome space travel.
But it would be an invasion of His Space, like the miniaturized sub Proteus entering the bloodstream of a Soviet defector in order to save the Secret Formula in the sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage.
In the real world, of course, we know that the Clinton/Obama Democrats would sell the Formula to the Chinese for campaign cash, return the defector to Russia, sign a Non-Aggression Pact with Vladimir Putin over Molotov cocktails and hit on Raquel Welch.
The main reason for Obama’s hostility to space lies elsewhere, though.
Socialism is a materialist philosophy, concerned with dividing the stolen loot properly.
They look at the money spent on space exploration and it angers them. Like your 401ks, it is a pot of money unavailable to them to redistribute to
themselves the Workers of the World, and they mean to fix that.
When you or I look at the night sky, we see sparkling white stars on an inky black page. But socialists see only gray. They think of all the socialist housing cubicles that could be constructed out of the drab, gray Soviet cement of their dreams. East German architecture for as far as the eye can see–the good eye, the one that wasn’t gouged out by a Bulgarian border guard.
But Kosmo Not-Kramer Hussein deserves credit for this; in seeking to turn America into a socialist basket case, he is boldly going where no Menshevik has gone before.
The New Frontier shouldn’t become our final one just because Commander Zero has “the heart of a prison matron and the soul of an East German border guard”, as P.J. O’Rourke once said of Hillary.
Let’s give this guy the final word for now, because he got it right the first time:
“Surely the opening vistas of space promise high costs and hardships, as well as high reward.
So it is not surprising that some would have us stay where we are a little longer to rest, to wait. But this city of Houston, this state of Texas, this country of the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward–and so will space. …
The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space. …
[T]his generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it–we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.
Yet the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. In short, our leadership in science and industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world’s leading space-faring nation. …
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. …
Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.”
Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”–John F. Kennedy – September 12, 1962
UPDATE: Byron York dreams of things that never were and asks “why not?”:
For Obama, the space program shows that America has the ingenuity and know-how to find new sources of energy: If we can put a man on the moon, then we can create a clean-energy future. But as they watched the speech, some Americans, perhaps millions of Americans, had another reaction:
If we can put a man on the moon, Mr. President, then why can’t we stop the leak?