Tuesday, July 20, 2010

41st Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Forty-one years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed and stepped foot on the lunar surface. It was a momentous event in human history. For a brief period of time, they united the world. People all over the world said, "We did it!" For that brief moment, everyone forgot their squabbles and celebrated history in the making. Now, forty-one years later, we have people denying that the landings ever took place, a broken and demoralized NASA, a corrupt and shady banking system, a dysfunctional government, and Afghanistan (Vietnam Part Deux). Can't we all come together as Americans and solve our problems. It's not like we are going to the Moon. We know what to do. We have the knowledge and experience and expertise to fix things. We don't need millionaires and billionaires telling us what financial and social sacrifices we have to make on their behalf. Everyone can share and sacrifice and prosper, and just maybe, after the work is done, we can say again, "We did it!"


41 years ago? I'm feeling really, really old. I remember the grainy, black and white, telecast going out live on TV - because our whole school was sent home early so we could watch it at home.

Later I learnt that America's best, most inventive Astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, also had bipolar disorder. This was known to NASA long before the mission but they accepted it because they knew that Buzz was worth it.

I wish I had such tolerance from the Australian Federal Government.

But that is their mistake and their narrow bigotry in action.

Hello again sir.

"Can't we all come together as Americans and solve our problems. It's not like we are going to the Moon. We know what to do...."

See, now that's where we disagree. I think we do NOT know what to do. Specifically, we do not know how to fix the economy. More specifically, our policymakers have been following the wrong policies; and the widely popular objections to our policies are the wrong objections.

It took us a decade to get from the earth to the moon. Sadly, in the four decades since, we've gone nowhere. In the 1960s, Arthur C. Clarke thought we'd have active moon bases by 2001.

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