On Sunday, as the hour approached midnight, and right around the time the destruction and looting of Washington reached a pitch that would find the historic 200-year-old St. John’s Episcopal Church (among many other places throughout the United States) across from the White House desecrated and set fire, American Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley were docking with the International Space Station.
There is hard-to-miss symbolism here. The tranquility of the heavens was sharply juxtaposed with the Earthly carnage of protests-turned-riot, and all this set against a backdrop of record-high American and global unemployment and the unceasing global march of the coronavirus scourge.
In fact, the forward-looking project of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft — and its appropriate, newly-named capsule, “Endeavour” — could not be more different than the backward-facing “project” of the radical left (and even establishment Democrats).
As the president remarked: “Our most daring feats, our most epic journeys, our biggest adventures, and our finest days are just beginning. America’s proudest moments are still ahead. We are on the verge of our most exciting years, and next year may be the most exciting of all. You just watch.”
The president is right. And this is not just wishful thinking.
We are living in the most prosperous country at the most prosperous time in history. America’s technological advances are the envy of the world. Our private sector, prior to the hiccup caused by the coronavirus, was booming. Our government is finally getting serious about paring down waste, getting back to basics and devolving decision-making back to the people. The world sends their children to our schools.
Here, again, the success of the recent launch is a microcosm of the success-wave we are riding. The U.S. government, realizing that it could not transport, in an economically feasible way, astronauts to space, shuttered its Space Shuttle program in 2011. It did, however, have the wisdom to keep the public-private partnership alive, and the innovation brought to the table by the latter resulted in the success witnessed over the weekend. In a few short years, Americans will again be walking on the moon. Our children will doubtless consider space flight as natural as commercial airline travel is for us. Their children will likely see Mars and beyond.
So, don’t get too distracted or too discouraged with the mayhem of the moment. Many liberal politicians and pundits, you must remember, make their bread and butter on the prolongation of grievances and sorrow. If Americans were to get along, were to adjudicate their problems rationally, they would be out of a job. The same goes, in a slightly different way, for Hollywood and the rest of our entertainment industry. They thrive on sensationalism and extremes. The current moment fits them perfectly.
Our country has seen its ups and downs. We weathered a Civil War and we led the world through two global military convulsions. Our science cured polio. We will surely handle insolent street toughs and find a way to eradicate the coronavirus. We will find a way for communities to heal and wrongdoings to be righted. Forward-progress and the fighting spirit is in our DNA. Justice is in our DNA.
It appears that President Trump hinted at this same sentiment during his final remarks at Kennedy Space Center. We hope they prove prophetic:
“So today, as our brave American astronauts shake the Earth and blaze a trail of fire and steel into the heavens, we proclaim for all to hear that we have not yet tested the full strength of the American character, and the world has not yet seen the full glory of the American spirit.”
Amen. And Godspeed.