WASHINGTON, December 29, 2013 ― This month, the Chinese government has been gloating. All it wanted for Christmas was for their lunar lander to make it successfully to the moon and deploy their rover. It got what it wanted and gleefully showed the world what it had done.
China was the first nation in decades to land an object on the moon, and it sent the first photos from the surface of the moon since the last American Apollo mission left the lunar surface in 1972.
One science writer in USA Today breathlessly reassured Americans, we can beat the Chinese back to the moon. We can, but we won’t.
In 1961, President Kennedy announced America’s goal to send a man to the moon and return him safely before the end of the decade. The space race began in earnest that day, but four years before man landed on the moon, a mortal blow was dealt to the American space program.
It was called “The Great Society.”
Lyndon Johnson created massive new welfare and entitlement programs. As their cost swelled, liberal politicians looked for places they could take money from the budget without having to raise taxes and commit political suicide. The space budget became a victim in this welfare-state ponzi scheme.
By 1972, America had grown bored with lunar landings. They were old news. So the liberals acted. They cut the space budget and put that money into social programs.
In December 1972, Gene Cernan was the last American to walk on the surface of the moon. As he left the lunar surface for the last time, he said, “Bob, this is Gene, and I’m on the surface; and, as I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come ― but we believe not too long into the future ― I’d like to just (say) what I believe history will record. That America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus–Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.”
America has never returned to the moon and probably never will.
Politicians today plunder the national treasury. They do not seek to make this nation a greater nation. They seek to reward their cronies and ensure their power and reelection.
America has a leader who does not believe in America and does not believe America is or should be a great nation. He retired the space shuttle fleet and scrapped the follow-on program that would have sent Americans back to the moon. In 2009, he told the director of NASA that it should engage in Muslim outreach to make the Islamic world feel good about their contributions to science.
In President Obama’s warped world, our space program does not exist to take Americans to the moon and beyond. It exists to make people feel good about themselves, many of whom hate America and want to see our government overthrown and a theocracy installed.
The only option America has now to go back to the moon is a partnership with private enterprise. Perhaps that is not a bad thing. Freed from the shackles of a government bureaucracy, a new and less expensive way to land Americans on the moon might be found.
Unfortunately corporations have no loyalty to country.
The real issue here is that thanks to Obama and the Democrats, America is a nation in decline. Once a great nation starts the road to decline, that process has never been reversed.
America will watch one day as the Chinese, the Russians and maybe even the Iranians land on the moon. And we will watch as those nations exploit the resources of the moon.
And we will sit back as all formerly great nations do and say, “We were there first.”
That will be small consolation as the ghosts of Apollo and America’s greatness fade into history.
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