Wednesday, July 21, 2010
On July 20th, 41 years ago, newspaper headlines proclaimed "Men Walk On Moon!" It was an incredible accomplishment, and the whole world cheered.
But where are such headlines now? In fact, in this era of "Hope and Change," where's the good news period?
We can't blame the president for circumstances that are beyond his control. But we do blame him for what seems to be the death of national optimism. Far from inspiring us to rise to great challenges and accomplishments, Barack Obama shows no passion except when criticizing America's past, disparaging free enterprise, and denigrating his political opponents.
And the future he both predicts and shapes is not one of achievements, but one of entitlements and debts which have been described by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the single greatest threat to our national security.
To paraphrase the movie title, we'd like to go "Back To A Future" - back to a time in which our nation believed the future really would be better, and presidents inspired us and challenged us to accomplish great things.
In 1961, John F Kennedy made it NASA's primary mission to put a man on the moon.
In 2010, Barack H Obama made it NASA's primary mission to increase the self-esteem of Muslims.
And increasingly, the only good news is very, very old news.