Thursday, January 27, 2011
At a time of crisis and pessimism, America has finally heard her great rallying cry. And according to Barack Obama, it's "Quick, Marty! Into the time machine!"
In his State of the Union speech, the president declared that Americans need to aspire to a "Sputnik moment," sending millions of baffled citizens to the Internet to discover that the launch of Sputnik was the greatest and only recorded success of communism. Oh.
The president continued his time traveling theme by saying that America used to be the home of innovation and invention, the home of Edison (who invented the lightbulbs Democrats are outlawing) and the Wright Brothers (who created jobs for TSA crotch-watchers).
But somehow, Americans have lost their innovative "can do" spirit since the good ol' Sputnik days of 1957, which is pretty hard to explain.
After all, that's about the same time that the Democrats' "Great Society" spending programs began, to guarantee better educations, racial harmony, and financial stability and security for the rest of our lives. It's about the time that a nascent electronic news media first realized it had the power to elect Presidents based on looks, or could affect the outcome of a war through selective reporting. It was a time when women were encouraged (mostly by men) to burn their bras, do drugs, have casual sex, and get abortions on demand to express their freedom.
So why in the world would Barack Obama want to give up all of that, just to return to a primitive era of opportunity, initiative, hard work, effective education, personal responsibility, and family values?
And the answer, of course, is that he doesn't.
America's problem isn't that her citizens need a Sputnik. It's that her politicians need a Buttkik.