Tuesday, January 13, 2004
On Pickle Suckers:
I can’t take shots at Howie today. I need a challenge and he’s making it far too easy. Keep talking, Howie. Stop chewing before you reach your knee-cap.
On to more pressing issues. Who the hell is Patti Davis? And why, pray tell, does she get published in Newsweek?
According to the most recent scuttlebutt, W will announce a bold new direction for the space program – headed toward Mars. My response?
It’s about damn time.
Human history is made by those who push the boundaries of what is perceived as possible. Manned space flight is possible. Has been for nearly 60 years now. Brave men and women have risked, and sometimes lost, their lives in an effort to stretch the limits of possibility and make them reality.
Patti Davis would have us stop the fulfillment of human destiny to focus on problems here on earth. Global Warming, Species extinction, starvation, poverty. The list goes on and on and on. If you read her piece here, you can almost hear her whine.
If she had her way, Sir Edmund Hillary never would have scaled Mt. Everest. Sir Francis Drake never would have circumnavigated the globe. And, in the turbulent, problem filled decade that was the 1960’s, Neil Armstrong never would’ve set foot on the moon. Davis would rather the human and fiscal capital invested in those ventures be spent on welfare and whale preservation programs.
Fortunately, not everyone thinks as does Ms. Davis. There are those of us who look to the stars and see a bright future of exploration and discovery. We do concern ourselves with earthly problems. Some of those problems have been and will be solved by reaching for the stars. The need and desire for exploration is part of what makes us human. Stifle that need and we are all lessened.
Space is the final frontier. Man has not visited the moon since 1972. That is far too long. It is time to once again take our place among the heavens. Don’t just go to Mars.
Here endeth the lesson.