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Assault on America, Day 198: Anniversary of Apollo 11 tests today’s wimpy liberal mindset

Apollo 50 Years
That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Astronaut Neil Armstrong (somewhat) hurriedly uttered the famous words as he set foot on the moon’s surface fifty years ago during NASA’s legendary Apollo 11 mission. Ever since the fateful moment there’s been endless discussion on whether Armstrong actually included an “a” in the statement -- or if he simply screwed up the once-in-a-lifetime duty by omitting it.

Armstrong himself insisted he put the “a” in there (before man), but that’s an argument for another time. The first human being to walk on the moon died in 2012 but mission mates “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins will observe the anniversary this week. As with every other historic occasion where there’s enough people around who still remember where they were when the event occurred, people across the country (and world) will pause to reflect on the past -- and ponder the present.

President Donald Trump’s a leader who believes in “big” things and the Apollo moon landings certainly were that -- huge. One particularly important man associated with the ventures all those years ago thinks Trump’s the type of mentor who will restore America’s space program to its former glory. Nicholas Ballasy reported at PJ Media, “Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 flight director Gene Kranz applauded the Trump administration's handling of NASA, saying that ‘it's great to again have the inspiration that we're getting moving again in space.’

“Trump has pledged to return Americans to the moon by 2024. In 2010, former President Barack Obama cancelled NASA's plan to go back to the moon by 2020, which was established under former President George W. Bush. Kranz was asked if he is satisfied with the Trump administration when it comes to U.S. space exploration.

“’I think it's very straightforward here. I think it's great to again have the inspiration that we're getting moving again in space. I think it's important to focus on the moon,’ Kranz said [last week] after testifying at a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee hearing on NASA’s Exploration Plans: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going. ‘I think Mars is in the background right now until we learn to live and work for sustained periods of time in space.’”

Considering it’s been a half century since Kranz achieved personal notoriety for his oversight of two of NASA’s most groundbreaking missions, the flight director looks terrific. It could be said when you’re as smart as he is that intellect never fades -- and it’s certainly true in Kranz’s case. His was an optimism shared by many in the “Greatest Generation,” namely that America was indisputably the class of the world and could accomplish mindboggling things that heretofore were reserved for the imaginations of science fiction writers.

It’s difficult to fathom the same thing happening today. President John F. Kennedy proposed putting a man on the lunar surface in September, 1962, and the goal was realized less than seven years later. It was an enormous team undertaking exhibiting the type of speed and precision we could only dream about now. Everyone knew the dangers, too -- and there was a heartbreaking fatal accident (Apollo 1) along the way -- but fulfilling the promise was extremely important to those space pioneers. It was American ingenuity and pride at its best.

Their sacrifices shouldn’t be forgotten -- a major part of the inspiration came from the “race” to beat the Soviets to the moon. There was an international reputation as stake and Americans would be darned if we weren’t going to get there first. American flags now mark the landing spots of six different Apollo missions that matched Kennedy’s challenge. The Soviets never got there. Enough said.

Kranz is optimistic that President Trump has the “right stuff” to get it done again and we can only hope he’s right. Ever since Apollo the American space program’s been rocked by faulty leadership decisions that led to two disastrous accidents -- the destruction of both the Space Shuttle Challenger (in January, 1986) and the Shuttle Columbia (in February, 2003). Who can extinguish the images of both spacecraft disintegrating before our very eyes?

The spectacular nature of the failures as well as the tremendous cost involved with sustaining the space program eroded support for NASA and anything related to maintaining a human presence in space. Thankfully Trump appears to be ignoring the naysayers and has set Vice President Mike Pence with the task of getting things moving again -- and hopefully we’ll see more footprints on the “sandy beach” by the end of Trump’s second term (assuming there will be one).

Obama nixed the idea early in his first term and the current crop of Democrat presidential candidates are much too preoccupied with wrecking the U.S. economy to focus on something as unifying and optimistic as space missions. Ceaseless chatter over the mammoth price tag of human missions (I was going to say “manned” but that’s not gender inclusive enough these days) and the extreme logistical barriers have turned the topic into a political football that liberals would just as soon punt.

The “climate change” controversy now dominates every conversation on space exploration, with liberals preferring to devote resources to studying how to counteract supposed warming temperatures from platforms such as the International Space Station (and before it, Skylab and the Space Shuttle program). It almost seems as though Americans lost the desire to investigate the cosmos as opposed to simply settling for studying earth. I’m not a scientist -- and don’t even play one on TV -- but couldn’t we have both?

In a day and age where true heroes are a rare commodity, the men and women who eagerly volunteer to assume the extreme risks of riding a rocket into outer space definitely qualify for the title. If for nothing else, some of the money we’re devoting to redundant and wasteful federal programs (and yes, this includes the military) could and should be redirected to “America First” inspirations like the space program. The sense of national unison on exhibit in the 60’s and early 70’s is now gone -- the least the political class could do is restore it.

Who knows, maybe if there’s a return of a highly visible and successful American space program, people like former Disney star Miley Cyrus won’t feel as empowered to spout nonsense about refraining from having children because of “climate change.” The famous child prodigy lectured last week that the current billions of human beings are ruining the earth, and “We're getting handed a piece-of-s**t planet, and I refuse to hand that down to my child.”

Absurd belief systems are so commonplace these days that Cyrus’s outburst didn’t earn much coverage or controversy. One commentator was glad Miley’s basically agreed to self-sterilization. Stephen Kruiser wrote at PJ Media, “The logic behind saving the planet for people who won't be here is a little off. That is until you run into people like those behind the ‘Voluntary Human Extinction Movement,’ who want us all gone for the good of Mother Earth.

“If crazy people who believe in pseudo-science hype want to avoid breeding that's probably an overall positive not just for Earth, but for sane people as well...

“[I]f someone in Congress sponsored legislation to prevent procreation by former Disney stars who desperately spend the rest of their careers trying to prove how edgy and ‘non-Disney’ they are, I might just get behind that.”

Kruiser’s not the only one. Here’s thinking if someone took a poll of people in flyover country on whether they’d support a program to launch Miley Cyrus -- and every other brainless dolt like her -- into outer space it would find a comfortable majority in favor. Americans might even agree to pay extra taxes just for the purpose, figuring it would save them money in the long run not to have draconian “climate change” measures imposed on themselves and their businesses to ensure the ‘ol earth lasts past 2030.

Yes, it’d be a different kind of space program -- repatriating lunatics to the outer reaches where they don’t need to worry about the number of kids people have or if states pass laws protecting unborn babies. Since these folks are so worried about excess human population we won’t concern ourselves with providing them long-term life support either.

All kidding aside, Cyrus’s mindset is present in many of today’s congressional Democrats, who, if it were up to them, would basically extinguish life as we know it (through outlawing energy sources) with the anticipation of reducing global warming. These carbon consuming hypocrites travel in style while proposing fantasies like the Green New Deal. And if you disagree with them on anything -- as Speaker Nancy Pelosi discovered -- they’ll question your character. Heck, even President Trump felt compelled to defend Pelosi from charges of racism (propounded by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and “The Squad”).

Contrast the contemporary crackpot mumblings of leftists with the great people who sent human beings to the moon and returned them safely to earth. Did they worry about how much fuel they burned in the process? Did they end up polluting the moon?

The fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing represents both a testament to human ingenuity and a challenge to resurrect the spirit that allowed us to reach for the stars. In wasn’t a partisan achievement, it was an American one. Unfortunately, those days are long gone…will they ever return?

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