There can be no doubt that, outside of Donald J. Trump’s historic speech, Thiel’s address was the second most important of the entire convention, laying out a vision for America’s future free of pointless foreign involvement and entirely dedicated to rebuilding our infrastructure and rededicating NASA to venturing to the heavens (instead of Obama’s hilarious directive of outreach to Muslims). Only a week after the RNC, the Democratic National Convention made clear it was firmly committed to keeping America’s feet on the ground and entirely dedicated to uplifting would-be black cop killers like Michael Brown, whose mother was allotted time to address the nation as part of the Mother’s of the Movement. Also at the RNC, Eileen Collins, the first female space shuttle pilot and commander, would speak on NASA and America’s abandoning of space exploration, noting, “The last time the United States launched our own astronauts from our own soil was five years ago,” she said. “We must do better than that.” [So, Space Shuttle Pilot Eileen Collins Speaking at the RNC. That Was Interesting, Wired.com, by Eric Niler, July 21, 2016]
Creating a sense of optimism about the future for Americans who still want to dream about a better tomorrow was a stroke a genius for the Republicans, while the Democrats were left shaking their fists (and, because it seemed advantageous at the time) and U.S. Constitution at the GOP for daring to nominate a man who wants to Make America Great Again.
You almost got the sense from the DNC that Hillary Clinton and her party agreed with the Black Lives Matter statement that, “America was never great,” which is why a new America must elected.
To understand why Thiel’s comments were so revolutionary, we must take a step back in time to the words of Eugene Cernan, the last man to step foot on the moon. Cernan, who was part of NASA’s last mission to the moon, Apollo 17, wrote these words in his autobiography addressing a hopeful destiny for America:
"The main reason that we will venture back into deep space is simply that we must. It is necessary, not a frivolous whim, and a lust of science is not enough of an explanation, for we really don't know what we will learn on Mars. We will go because it is logical to do so, and our curiosity as a species will not allow us to remain locked to our home planet much longer. Humankind must explore, for we want to learn what lies over the hill or around the corner. Inspiration, sweat, challenges, and dreams got us to the Moon and they will get us to Mars and beyond. It is our destiny." [The Last Man on the Moon, by Eugene Cernan, p. 343]
With a hopeful message of future exploration into space, the GOP couldn’t be more different than the Democrats, who have bowed before the pressure exerted by Black Lives Matter. The growing BLM movement just put out a list of six demands, which our friends in the Democrat Party will soon work to implement:
As part of the effort, the groups are demanding, among other things, reparations for what they say are past and continuing harms to African-Americans, an end to the death penalty, legislation to acknowledge the effects of slavery, as well as investments in education initiatives, mental health services and jobs programs. [Black Lives Matter Coalition Makes Demands as Campaign Heats Up, New York Times, by Yalmiche Alcindor , August 1, 2016] There can be absolute no doubt the eerie parallels existing between the Black Lives Matter movement, which is entirely dedicated to transferring white wealth to improve only black lives (breaking down law and order in the process, to benefit black criminals), and the opposition that existed to NASA’s efforts to explore the heavens when Apollo 11 was about to complete it’s historic first mission to the moon in July of 1969.
|The Mercury Seven... with John Glenn's passing, all our now gone|
Never forget it was only a span of 66 years between the Wright Brothers first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903 to Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, but for white liberal writers at Time magazine, they could only ask, “Is the Moon White?”:
If to many the moon seemed white, it also seemed middle-aged. Excitement about the voyage was strongest among those old enough to remember how fantastic the project seemed a generation ago. The young, who have grown up in the TV and space age, seemed the most blasé of all. [Time, July 25, 1969, p. 16]
This paragraph is important to think of today, noting how Donald Trump is energizing both elderly, middle-age, and young Americans with a vision of an America whose government puts America First. There can be no doubt Americans watching the first moon landing on July 20, 1969 believed this historic act would be the first of many exploits in space (one wonders where a young Donald Trump was on this day), fondly recalling this memory as they watched the 2016 GOP Convention.
What could have been, many Americans have probably thought over the years, when you consider we abandoned space exploration more than four decades for… for what exactly?
Medgar Evers, was gunned down in Mississippi. That is why the New York Times, on July 21, 1969, asked Evers’s brother Charles to write an editorial giving his opinion on the moon landing. Charles, just elected mayor of Fayette, Mississippi, penned a roadmap for our country’s future we would sadly take as he wrote:
As a daring adventure, this exploration of the moon compares with the voyage of Columbus in 1492. There are a lot of similarities. Like our astronauts, Columbus left behind a world crowded with people who didn’t have enough to eat, people who had no decent clothes to put on their backs, people who had no doctor to look after them when they were sick . . . .
But there were some things about Columbus’s voyage different from this moon shot. The political leaders who sent Columbus toward a new world made no claim to be concerned about the agony of poverty and deprivation. It didn’t cost Queen Isabella billions of dollars to send her explorers. She didn’t have to take food out of any child’s mouth in order to put Columbus on those leaky old boats.
The billions of dollars spent on this moon exploration program mean that it will be even longer before America begins to keep her promises to the poor.
America needs to look at the earth, not at space. Before one more dollar is spent on outer space, we must make sure that not one child here on earth goes to a dinner table with no food on it. [New York Times, July 21, 1969]
For the past four decades, America has followed a blueprint more closely in line with Mr. Evers then with Eugene Cernan’s hopeful vision of the future ($22 trillion, 80 welfare programs later...). It could easily be stated the 2016 Democratic National Convention was nothing more than a reiteration of Evers hope for where America’s national treasury would be dedicated (diverted).
But one can see in Thiel’s speech a renaissance of the spirit which motivated the Wright Brothers to pursue flight and achieve man's first foray into the skies in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (in 1903), culminating in Apollo 11’s mission to the moon only 66 years later.
It just comes down to Trump pulling off the victory in November. It also should be noted Mr. Trump is using online advertisements with the message, “Aspire to Greatness,” which include the both image of Trump and a space shuttle lifting to the heavens.