By Kesha Rogers, Democratic Congressional Nominee, Texas-22
Fifty years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy stood on the stage of history, and said, "For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon, and to planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by hostile flags of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace… We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding."
This stands in stark contrast to Obama's policy of preemptive thermonuclear war, which his military encirclement of Russia and China is provoking, over the sovereignty of Syria and Iran.
Yet, the difference between the vision President Kennedy had for space, and that of Obama, is highlighted most dramatically when addressing the threat of potentially hazardous asteroids and comets. Under Obama, a rock only 30 meters wide –of which less than 1% of these are known– becomes a weapon of mass destruction that could flatten all of Houston. Under Kennedy, this would have been mankind's laboratory of discovery, and a wealth of minerals we could safely mine, then redirect out of harm's way.
When Obama crushed the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, he ensured the value of dollar exchange rates would continue collapsing on the international market. This has directly caused the bankruptcy and shut down of the Sliding Spring observatory in Australia, the world's only telescope in the southern hemisphere tracking these killer rocks. As of August 2012, the world is now blind to such threats below 30 degrees south latitude. This is typical of Obama's commitment to destroy the scientific revolution launched by Kennedy, through privatizing our manned space program and rejecting nuclear power, while slashing the budget for the planetary sciences and space weather forecasting.
Will mankind muster the courage to defend itself from the weapons of mass extinction now threatening our very existence? The first step to defending the human species from mass extinction is to ensure Obama is immediately dumped from the Presidency, for pushing his mass extinction policy via thermonuclear weapons, or their space-based equivalent. Your reliance on, and belief in a two party system is preventing this from happening, because both the Republican and Democrat Parties have eliminated any discussion of this necessity from what is "popular" for "voting" on. Allegiance to party platforms has supplanted allegiance to truth, and our Union, as President George Washington warned you, in his farewell address:
"Let me now… warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally… The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty."
This belief in the two party system has become the dominant flaw in our nation's politics since the assassination of President Kennedy, culminating in the failed personalities of George W. Bush, and now Barack Obama most emphatically, which have led our nation down the road to outright dictatorship since the 9/11 attacks.
We can only ensure a commitment to the progress of our nation by our sacred commitment to the common aims of mankind. That commitment is not found in loyalty oaths to party platforms, but in the creative passion of the human mind, to discover and control the laws of nature for our common benefit. This is the devotion of President Kennedy, and the spirit we must revive within ourselves, if we are to survive the grave crises we face, in the immediate weeks ahead.
Let us restore our commitment to progress for the future of mankind, in colonizing our solar system. This door has already been opened by the landing of Curiosity on Mars, where the minds of men and women are already establishing human civilization, for those generations yet to come.
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