It’s weird to me that the one thing, aside from making peace with North Korea, that I don’t have an issue with Trump on lately is this. There’s a historical reason why that nobody wants to talk about. People are so quick to forget history or to pretend it and how life works. It’s something that never stops bothering me because I have to have my moron now-former friends tell me how it doesn’t matter just so we can be made at the orange monkey in office.
See, when Trump was looking to escalate things in Syria, I was nervous because I didn’t want to see the Cold War restart. The Cold War was a bad time in history and two major powers being on the verge of nuclear annihilation is a terrifying thought. But everyone said that he is still Russia’s stooge and my being nervous about restarting the Cold War is stupid because that doesn’t matter anyway. Not joking, that’s what one of the people said to me. How quickly everyone forgets that history really did happen. I know, it’s tough, but it did.
Another thing that everyone seems to forget – one positive thing that came as a DIRECT result of the Cold War was the space program. After all, Russia had sent a satellite into orbit, so we wanted to make sure that in space, America had the high ground. That’s why we went to the Moon. That era and all the technological innovation that came from it was because of a military conflict.
That’s not the only time that the military has been the first pioneer of technology that was then expanded upon by the civilian sector. Look at the Internet. Something people don’t realize that the Internet as we understand it began as a program by DARPA. This wonderful tool that all of you are using right now to read this post began because of a military R&D program with the goal of linking various military organizations together.
Anytime there is new technology, it is almost always first used by the military, and then the private sector finds way to capitalize on it. So when I hear our President saying that he wants to get us into space, my heart stops. Finally! Somebody in our government actually wants to do this! Kills me that it’s a retarded orange monkey instead of someone smart, but at least someone is saying it!
George Carlin once said something to the effect of – why should we go into space when we got our own problems back home? I’ll tell you why – because we need to start thinking about our own existence and the cold realities that surround our species. Earth has had so many ugly cataclysms over the billions of years that it has existed. Between the geological mass extinctions, to asteroids slamming into this planet, our existence on this world is tenuous. It could end at any time and there is NOTHING we could to stop it. Unless, of course, we aren’t just here anymore.
Overpopulation is killing our species. It’s the number one cause of pollution and overuse of resources. It is high time we started looking outward. If, for NO OTHER reason than because space has resources. Many, many resources. There are asteroid floating around out there that have thousands of times more metal than Earth ever will. Saturn’s moon Titan has more oil than Earth could ever use in dozens of lifetimes. Sounds to me like they could use some FREEDOM!
The idea of expanding and growing our species is one that should be embraced by people. Back during the race to the Moon, there was a cultural mindset that had people thinking about the future. Wanting to grow and change and be a better species. We desperately need this bad. Now more than ever. Because we are languishing. Other nations are doing amazing things, while America sits here, digging its ass into the mud and pretending that nothing’s wrong.
Humanity cannot live this way much longer. It is our children and our grandchildren who are going to likely pay the final price if we don’t do something NOW! So let the orange monkey have his space force! Hell, my girly-mate in the Navy said everyone on her base was joking about how they could apply for that. For the exact same reason that I would be, if my head injury hadn’t made it so that I can’t serve. I told her the other day that if she ever got such an opportunity and she didn’t take it, how utterly infuriated I would be with her. I would give my last 30 years to be part of something like that, to help expand our species and to see this planet from orbit.
The possibilities are limitless. Wrangle some asteroids and mine them. Once we’re done with them, we can throw their ashes into the Sun. Waste-free mining. Hell, all the waste, we can send into the Sun. Ain’t gonna hurt it. Build and orbital elevator and we can start collecting solar energy from a place where we will NEVER have to worry about there not being enough sun. Make space colonies so humanity can grow and develop even further. Get to Mars and start terraforming so we aren’t just limited to this one planet. Go to Europa and see if there is actually life there (I wrote a fiction story about that very concept. Check it out) So our species can survive another cataclysm on this world.
I say let Trump have his space force. Let him have it and we can see if maybe, FINALLY, our dumb-fuck species can actually start working for its own betterment. It’s a novel concept, I know, but it could happen. The potential is there. All it takes is someone crazy enough to actually take that next step and fucking do it. If that means that President orangutan is the one to get it done, so fucking be it! Dammit, at least someone wants to! Everyone else just wants to latest iPhone. Everyone else just want to bitch about whatever stupid issue they have, like pronouns or snowflakes or “post-modernists” or whatever!
Being able to see this world from orbit is the top thing on my bucket list. We have the technology now to make commercial flights to space a reality. Why are we stuck here? Tell me why. We can even help the overpopulation problem by giving people new opportunities to work in space. Can’t find a job on this ball of shit? Well take an insane level of risk that would pay like you can’t believe and mop the floor on a space colony. Why not?! What have you got to lose?
Meanwhile, everywhere I look, liberal page after liberal page says how stupid this is and makes fun of the idea ten ways to Sunday. Because they would rather make fun of Trump than actually support a good idea. This is why I refuse to let myself live in an echo chamber! Because sometimes, even the dumbest President I have seen who doesn’t seem to have a heart has a good idea. Go fucking figure! I don’t care where good ideas come from. Conservative, liberal, if it’s a good idea and I can see their point of view, I am all for it! But no, they’d rather hate on this just because Trump said it. Then it’s all a big joke. Shit like this makes it hard for me to call myself liberal, sometimes, even though I am.
Let’s make the most of our species potential. Why the fuck not?! Legitimately, what do we have to lose? Nothing. But we can gain a future for our species. Someone else said it better than I, so I’ll let him finish this up.
Until next time, a quote,
“How much would you pay for the universe?” – Neil DeGrasse Tyson