So much progress …
When I hear the word “progress,” the mental image of advanced technology comes to mind, in particular that which relates to space exploration. I think of future generations of White men expanding out into the inner solar system: landing on Mars, colonizing the moon, mining the asteroid belt, etc.
In the Bush years, I was excited by the Mars rovers and the Cassini mission which discovered seas on Titan. Along with the National Park Service, I counted NASA among the handful of things that gave me some lingering sense of pride in America.
So it was a punch in the gut to hear that the Obama administration is literally destroying the U.S. Space Program. NASA’s Constellation Program is being scrapped and the space shuttle retired. The next manned American spaceflight won’t lift off until some vague date in the 2020s. In the meantime, the transportation of American astronauts to the International Space Station will be outsourced to Russia and China. The U.S. will voluntarily relinquish its leadership role in space exploration. Thousands of American workers – the cream of the high technology industry – will lose their jobs in NASA states like Florida, Alabama, and Texas.
But don’t worry: America’s HNIC has promised we will land on Mars sometime in the 2030s – decades after he leaves office – years after any number of ticking timebombs (Medicare, Obamacare, Social Security, uncontrolled Third World immigration) crash the federal budget and tank the U.S. economy. Under the stewardship of affirmative action appointments at NASA, the black and Hispanic scientific geniuses of the future currently graduating from America’s public schools will take us there.
The last scheduled American shuttle launch is May 31, 2010. Mark your calenders. It will probably be the last time Americans travel to space on their own initiative.
A future that will never happen.