Neil Armstrong’s family has asked people to wink at the moon in memory of — or as a greeting to — the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, on July 20, 1969. That wasn’t his only accomplishment, but it’s the one that most people will remember. In later years, he lived quietly in the Cincinnati suburb, Indian Hill.
His family will have a private ceremony for this modest man on Friday, August 31, which will be a blue moon — the second full moon in one calendar month, fitting for this rare man and the rare achievement of a now-defunct space program.
For which we can thank Barack Obama. Not for the achievement, of course, or for the space program. For its demise.
First, in 2010 Obama directed the NASA head, Charles Bolden, to make the Muslim world “feel good” about their scientific accomplishments. This was to be NASA’s mission. Though it’s sometimes thought that Muslim scholars invented the useful number zero, actually the Hindus did so previously. Science doesn’t seem to have been a Muslim strong point, and the new NASA mission apparently didn’t work out, so …
Obama scrapped the space program entirely, leaving it to private entrepreneurs. This may be the one case where privatization isn’t the best or only way to go. The space program was not only a tremendous source of national pride, but a stimulus for scientific research, development, and education. Obama has made it clear he’s anti-American pride and progress; maybe that’s the price of Muslim pride.
The president has left a sad legacy for those who remember the first moon walk, and for the other brave astronauts and excellent scientists who made it real.
Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one.” Obama has taken a giant step backwards. Where there is no vision, the people perish, as someone once wrote.