The Last Shuttle launch surprised me

24 Feb

I didn’t expect the emotion I felt when I witnessed the Space Shuttle lift off for the last time. My eyes welled up as I wondered if I just witnessed one of the last symbols of American greatness slip away.

I grew up celebrating the victories and mourning the agonies of the American space program. Mercury. Gemini. Apollo. Space Shuttle.

I was 6 when John Glenn first orbited the earth in the Mercury capsule.

I was 14 as we huddled before the grainy black and white images of Neil Armstrong on the moon in 1969.

The Space Shuttle was a modern marvel unequaled by any other country.

We were the inventors. We were the leaders of the world. Americans took pride in their resourcefulness, ingenuity, determination and grit.

It’s all gone now.

NASA is now a Muslim outreach vehicle, not a space vehicle. It’s a propaganda tool for Climate Change. John Kennedy, who challenged us to go to the moon and back, must be looking down on this once great nation with disgust.

We’ll have to pay Russia cab fare to get to the International Space Station which America was largely responsible for designing, building and financing.

Now look at us.

The world laughs and mocks us as we sit idly by as it becomes embroiled in war and revolution. Our government employees defy us not to pay them their exorbitant salaries and benefits.

And then there is the President, elected by the parasites, for the parasites and of the parasites.

That Shuttle lifted off with a piece of my heart in it.


Posted by on February 24, 2011 in politics


7 responses to “The Last Shuttle launch surprised me

  1. Martin M. McMartin

    February 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    The United States space program over the past 50 years was yet another example of American exceptionalism that Obama despises and he is more than happy to snuff out this and the entire glow of the shining city on a hill that Reagan spoke of.

  2. Saddlesore

    February 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Why wasn’t Gov. Moonbeam on the last shuttle launch?

  3. Citizen Tom

    February 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    The changes such as we have seen at NASA did not come about overnight. Several generations of Americans first had to be improperly educated.

    Consider that NASA itself has been ineffective for decades. We invented the Space Shuttle when? And what have we accomplished because of the Space Shuttle? Two destroyed spaceships? Isnt’ the destruction of two Space Shuttles what most people most remember about that program?

    Congress, not engineers, designed Space Shuttle. Then the government proceeded to launch defense and commercial satellites with it. Instead of just conducting research, Congress wanted to used their reusable spaceship to implement socialism in space, but it did not work. Just as socialism failed Russia, it failed Congress.

    Because they had never envisioned a clear purpose for their Space Shuttle, Congress had not designed to do anything right. Our leaders do not have the “right stuff” to design spaceships. Similarly, our leaders also do not have the “right stuff” to run every detail of our lives.

    Therefore, we have a problem. How do we constrain our leaders to the proper task of government, protecting our rights? Do We The People have the “right stuff”? Do we have the right stuff to exercise our rights and to live as free men.?

    When our education system has failed us, can we summon the right stuff to study on our own and learn from the examples of the past? Can we recover from the sheer stupidity of electing the bumblers we have put in charge of our nation?

    Pray that God will guide us and that time is on our side. We have much work to do.

    • P. Henry Saddleburr

      February 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      I don’t disagree with you, Tom. NASA has, since the 80s, been poorly administered with incoherent guidance by Congress.

      I was merely reacting to the loss of another pillar of American Greatness in general and NASA and our space program were emblematic of that greatness.

      We have, as a society, reaped great achievements as a result of the space program in telecomm, GPS, XM and lots of new products like Mylar, Velcro and….Space Food Sticks.

      Perhaps manned flight has outlived its usefulness and I’m being a sentimental old fool, but the space program was always a whipping boy of the left, too.
      Remember such catchy talking points like, “we can put a man on the moon but there’s still world hunger. Why can’t we use that money to feed the poor?”

      Now it’s about redeploying national defense resources towards feeding the poor.

      Their goal always remains the same and it has nothing to do with the poor. It’s about kicking us in the balls and marginalizing our few national achievements.

      It all comes down to this. Just like Jimmy Carter gave away the Panama Canal because it was a symbol of U.S. power. America BUILT that fucking canal when others had failed. It’s a symbol of our greatness.

      Just like Bill Clinton decimated the military (remember the peace dividend?) because it is a symbol of U.S. Power.

      The fifth column in America has been kicking out the underpinnings of our country for years.

      The Shuttle was only a manifestation of their destruction. Did it serve a purpose? Probably not. Do we have a new mission for space? If we do I am not aware of it.

      Was losing a symbol of American Greatness important to the country?

      You decide.

  4. P. Henry Saddleburr

    February 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Oh, and the accidents aren’t the only things to be remembered about the Shuttle.

    It built the International Space Station.

    It’s like Apollo (I think) with Lovell, Grissom and Wright getting fried on the launch pad.

    We were not defined by our failures, but by our accomplishments.

    What have we got now that defines American accomplishment?

  5. VCE

    May 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Wow. You people are mental. You have no idea how daft you sound, do you? okay, I’m not going to get embroiled in your silly politics, but do you honestly think that you have elected presidents who tried to destroy your nation? That’s daft. And it so happens to be those presidents you despise who have retain the best international reputation.
    Be that as it may, the space shuttle was something I loved as much as you did, but NASA is a big administration and the financial climate can’t support it in the same way it used to. Why? Well, let’s start with subprime mortgages. If you’re looking for a villian, that’s a good place to start. Who was responsible for those? Oh, I think it was America. Go flagelate yourselves.

    • P. Henry Saddleburr

      May 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Yes Valerie, I honestly believe due to voluminous evidence that this President is intentionally harming the country, or at least the values, institutions and economic system of the country. Are you enjoying the cop killer rapper that Barry invited to the White House? I rest my case.

      He’s stolen private property and given it to his union buddies, will destroy our Health care system, has allowed his crony capitalist buddy, Jeff Immelt at GE to pay no taxes, stopped oil drilling, does nothing about the drug mafias from Mexico from coming up here.

      That’s just a small subset off the top of my head.

      Yeah. He’s doing just great.


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