Some Americans Still Dream

Yes, I am a dreamer. Always have been. I hope I always shall be.

As I reach that point in the human life cycle where one can sense the end approaching, my dreams are now blunted by the knowledge that much of the “stuff” I dream about will not become real until I have left this plain of existence. That makes me sad.

As I was looking through the archives of Longstreet’s Commentaries a while back, I came across a piece I wrote way back in 2007, in which I stressed how important it was for man to continue the exploration of space… not just near space but on out into the stars. I was then, and I remain today, convinced that THAT is where man’s future lies.

OK. I DO know America is broke, at the moment. And I admit to being pessimistic about America’s complete recovery due to, as I see it, a lack of intelligent, and brave, and innovative leadership. I long for a GOP presidential candidate I can support and for whom I can vote. A candidate that can stir my heart and mind as Ronald Reagan did with his “Morning in America” philosophy of optimism that brought America roaring back from the depressing doldrums of a Jimmy Carter Administration that seemed to believe it was Carter’s calling in life to preside over an America in decline.

It is obvious the Obama Administration feels the same as Jimmy Carter. We see the evidence everyday right before our eyes as Obama pulls America out of the global leadership role in favor of allowing other countries to take the lead in solving problems that affect everyone on the globe. (See the war in Libya)

Not studying history condemns one, including nations, to make the same mistakes over again. We are seeing the results of Obama’s lack of historical knowledge and perspective playing out in the war in Libya today.

If America withdraws from its global leadership role chaos will reign on the globe. How do I know? How can I make such a bold statement? Simple. History teaches us that. Read it. Study it. You will find I am correct.

If I have learned anything, at all, in my many decades on this earth, it is that we will survive and we will create a new country, or countries, on this continent. I must say, that I do not see how the fifty state country we know as the “United” States of America can survive, at all. We are simply too divided. Differences in regional cultures and political philosophies will not allow us to remain a single people, a single nation.

Understand: many of the states now in “The union” cannot abide socialism. On the other hand, many of the states are pushing for more socialism. That alone will be the single most important factor in shattering the US and creating at least two separate countries, maybe more.

It is a nightmare for me. But, I have come to believe it will, eventually, be the only way freedom-loving people will be able to preserve their freedom.

The US monetary system now employed will, of necessity, be dropped in favor of a new monetary system to meet the needs of the new country domestically and for worldwide trade. In fact that may happen even before the separation becomes a reality.
Needless to say, I will be among those who refuse to live under socialism.

Now here’s the rub, at least ONE of them: Man’s time on this planet is not unlimited. To ensure the continued existence of the human race we have no alternative but to explore and seek out new worlds to settle where we can propagate and flourish.

I say again: Man MUST look to, and MUST go to, the stars. It is our destiny. It is what we humans do. We have reached our limits here on Earth, so now we must stretch out into the myriad of worlds awaiting our arrival.

The sad thing is, we should already be there. Curbing America’s space program, after the visits to our moon, was the biggest mistake the US has ever made. I am convinced history will prove the sagacity of that statement.

While our space program is nearly 4 decades behind where it should be today, we have no choice but to gear up, suck it up, pay the price, and get back on track… as soon as is humanly possible.

We Americans must never give up our dreams and we must never allow ourselves to cease dreaming. America, itself, was a dream. Remember? To some around the world it remains a dream.

I am convinced man’s destiny lies out there, among the stars. Some even speculate that man originated out there someplace. If so, we will simply be going home!

Whatever the case, I am convinced we are treading a path that can be trod only once. There is no going back. We can only go forward – IF, that is, we wish to survive -- not only as Americans -- but also as a species.

Posted by J. D. Longstreet at April 28, 2011 3:23 AM
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So you’ll edit this properly, right?

Posted by: womanmarine at April 28, 2011 6:28 AM
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Nicely written. Dream big for the America you would like, and I will do the same.

Posted by: Spinny Liberal at April 28, 2011 12:56 PM
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This post points out how strange the Republican/conservative coalition is.

Some of them are concerned with the survival of the human race while others are more interested in the destruction of the human race, with the exception of those who will be raptured.

For the most part, the American people aren’t interested in the survival of the species. It is the here and now for them. It is much the same with our leaders. They are creating corpocracy to deal with such matters and the profitability of space and the continued existence of the human species.

Taxes, taxes, who wants to pay taxes for a space program? Many liberals don’t and I suspect that many conservatives don’t either.

Before 2025, the Chinese will establish the first permanent human settlement on the Moon.

Collective dreams require leaders that can and will promote the dreams. Reagan wasn’t a dreamer, he was a revisionists.

President Kennedy didn’t ask the American people if they wanted to go to the Moon, he said we are going to do it and we caught the fever.

Imagine if Obama were to say, we are going to rebuild our space program and establish a permanent base on the Moon within the next decade. Regrettably he won’t and we would not catch the fever if he did.

Posted by: jlw at April 28, 2011 2:35 PM
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I take it back about Reagan and his promotion of the space program. Bush to.

It is Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the tea party that want to privatize the U.S. space program.

Posted by: jlw at April 28, 2011 3:06 PM
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J.D. wrote; “Understand: many of the states now in “The union” cannot abide socialism. On the other hand, many of the states are pushing for more socialism. That alone will be the single most important factor in shattering the US and creating at least two separate countries, maybe more.”

I don’t know if this battle between socialism and conservatism will shatter the nation, but it places ever greater stress upon those who care.

I expect conservatism to win the battle eventually as socialist can’t survive without other peoples money. As fewer are required to pay income taxes, the stress to pay more for the remainder increases. History tells us that when taxes reach a certain level the number of those finding ways to avoid and evade taxes increases.

At some point those who do work and earn will refuse to support those who won’t. Without money, the mother’s milk of politicians and certainly of socialists, they will fall and become merely an annoyance.

For those who believe God has a plan for humanity, there is the knowledge that He works in His own time and manner. Times of great peril has historically fostered revival in religiosity. I recall the tremendous increase in church attendance following 9/11. Our greatest national and world leaders have called upon God’s help in times of great national and world distress. We will witness this again, and I believe, sooner rather than later. Perhaps, God will listen and intervene once again when we turn to Him on our knees in humility.

Posted by: Royal Flush at April 28, 2011 3:57 PM
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This point made by RF on the limit of taxing can already be seen by the flight of higher income taxpayers who have fled states who lean socialist and have high taxes.

Posted by: 1776 at April 28, 2011 6:14 PM
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“History tells us that when taxes reach a certain level the number of those finding ways to avoid and evade taxes increases.”

What, when they return to a level of the late 90s when we had a flourishing economy and a balanced budget. A time in which the wealthiest captured an even greater share of the American pie?

Posted by: Rich at April 28, 2011 9:02 PM
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The Socialists lost their battle decades ago.

Posted by: Warped Reality at April 29, 2011 12:04 AM
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That is right, the socialists lost and the communists won. Look at what our corporations have done for China. And that was after we reduced their taxes how many times? It was the middle class tax payers that picked up much of their tax burden helped financed their move.

What about the earned income tax credit? Giving low income people back more than they paid in. It was expanded by that great socialist Ronny Raygun as a poverty fighting measure. I wonder how many conservatives take advantage of that free money.

Posted by: jlw at April 30, 2011 4:51 PM
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I can’t believe that some one has the nerve to post a comment about saint raygun that’s not trying to elevate him above all saints that came before him. And please say nothing about the FACT he raised taxes or that little arms deal. IT’S IT’S blasphemy.

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