Thursday, February 04, 2016
We blew the moon
Americans are rightly proud of putting the first man on the moon. This is a national achievement kicked off by Ike Eisenhower in the 1950s, although history generally credits Jack Kennedy.
But on December 14, 1972, the Eugene Cernan left the moon, becoming the last man on the moon (on February 26, they will release a documentary on him and his mission called, "The Last Man On The Moon"). That is a national disgrace. Instead of exploring the moon further and using the moon as a springboard deeper into space, America turned her back on science and progress, saying it should fix the problems on Earth first. What a load of bunk. It is navel-gazing. We blew trillions on knot-headed programs such as Title I (and all twelve of the federal education programs) that failed to improve education, because you cannot teach a kid who does not want to learn. We are now $19 trillion in the hole and not on social problem seems to have been fixed. The poverty rate is the same. And the anger and hatred and frustration among ghetto blacks remains unchanged.
We built a lead in space and technology and frittered it away. For the last 43 years we have screwed around like the Hare in the Aesop fable. Now China has a lunar module and the Russians plan to land a man there.
The crazy thing is we kept spending money on science -- but it was Government Science. In the 43 years since the United States abandoned the moon, we have chased the pseudo-science of climate change for the express purpose of promoting socialism and the takeover of private industry. The money NASA blew on this fraud could have been spent colonizing the moon.
And the moon is important. We can see it. It may just be a cloud of dirt that reflects the sun, but it is our moon. An awesome American colony would have told the world who is in charge. I do not want America to be the world's policeman; I want America to be the world's king. Someone will be. Might a well be us.
I look at the moon now without pride but with shame. I was 15 when we put the first man on the moon, 19 when we abandoned her. Now I am 62 and ashamed. We had an awesome lead and we blew it for a bowl of soup and a crust of bread.