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Last week we celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Being a person that loves history and space, I’ve always felt drawn to this particular era in space exploration. There is something about it that is majestic and noble. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I do know this. I love how we were never deterred, even when things were beyond difficult. I love how we weren’t afraid to reach for really big things. I love how we turned grandiose ideas into actual realities. I love that we weren’t just impartial observers of the heavens from the ground, but that we actually became part of this new frontier.

I wanted to share with you, especially in light of recent comments by political leaders, my thoughts on the first moon landing, and what it means to me.

In May of 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered an address to Congress that forever changed the nation – and the world.

Smack in the middle of the Cold War, President Kennedy challenged America, and America answered the call.

First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.

What a challenge! Some thought he was crazy. Developing a manned space program to travel to, and return from, the moon in less than 9 years? This wasn’t a science fiction movie. How could that even be accomplished? 9 years! He knew it would be difficult, but he wanted this done in 9 years!

NASA easily could have backed out and said that it just wasn’t enough time. The public would understand that. But, they didn’t. And the American public proudly stood behind NASA and the space program. The astronauts were heroes- idolized by the public. People looked at President Kennedy and NASA as great patriots. Everyone was excited by the possibility of actually landing a man on the moon – and not just any man, but an American.

It obviously wouldn’t be easy. 9 years is not much time when you are talking about traveling almost 239,000 miles away, and coming back home. 9 years. It would require tremendous effort, but we weren’t afraid of the challenge. In fact, we welcomed it.

19 months after his address to Congress, President Kennedy again addressed the nation, this time from Rice University. The whole speech is really amazing, but one part in particular stood out to me.

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

We do it because it is hard. Did you catch that? Because it is hard. Wow. This is profound to me. We aren’t taking the easy road here. We want to be the leader in space exploration. We want the American flag to wave on the moon. Of course this won’t be easy, but we are Americans and we do things because they are hard and challenging. We are up to the challenge and we will lead the entire free world in our quest for knowledge of the worlds beyond our own.

We are America.

Talk about American exceptionalism. Holy cow!

Sadly, President Kennedy didn’t live to see it, but his challenge was answered.

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 reached the moon, and Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were the first people to land on the moon. It was an absolutely amazing!

What an amazing feat! What a grand accomplishment! Never before, in the entire history of mankind, had man set foot on the moon. And there we were. Our flag flew on the moon.

America rejoiced. America celebrated. America took pride in this amazing accomplishment. We knew this would open doors we never dreamed possible. We knew what this meant, not only for America, but for humanity. This was something simply astonishing.

In thinking about this, I had to ask myself if we could accomplish this today. I honestly don’t know, which makes me feel sad. Heartbroken and mournful for the country I love and for what once was.

A once hard working America, that wasn’t afraid to dream big, has turned lackadaisical. An America that once valued hard work and study, is now caught deeply in the entitlement trap. An America that once rewarded and praised success, now villainizes it at every possible chance. And America that once was self sufficient now expects others to save us. An America that once embraced creativity and innovation, now discourages and wants conformity. An America that once stood tall and proud, is now far too apologetic.

I just don’t know if we could do it now.

But once, we did. Once we stood together in a moment of absolute greatness, and we were one. One in pride. One in accomplishment. One in spirit. One nation. One people. United in splendor.

In that moment, we dreamed. We dreamed lofty and grandiose ideas, and we celebrated those dreams. For we knew we could accomplish anything.

We were America.

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In watching recent events, I’ve come to believe more and more that this country is rapidly sliding towards Socialism, Marxism, and eventually Communism.  Extreme?  No, I truly don’t believe so.  The liberties and freedoms that have been taken from us are growing, and more and more are at risk.  So many people can’t see what is right before their eyes.  How quickly people will willingly give up their freedoms in the name of safety or entitlement or countless other excuses.  But what it really comes down to is the government controlling more and more aspects of our daily lives and our freedoms falling by the wayside.  For those who might say that this is just because I don’t like Barack Obama, think again.  This is not an Obama thing, (more…)

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I love this.  There is a good group of videos that he has done, but this is especially great! 

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Answers

I know I’m pretty late getting these up, but things have been really busy.

Anyway, here are the answers to the history quiz.  Do you need to take a history class?  (Answers are in bold.)

Q1. When was the Civil War?

a. 1750-1800

b. 1800-1850

c. 1850-1900

d. 1900-1950

e. after 1950

Q2. Who said “Give me liberty or give me death?”

a. John Hancock

b. James Madison

c. Patrick Henry

d. Samuel Adams

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What’s Your History IQ?

The following is taken from a letter I received from Hillsdale College

In April of 2004, the American Council of Tustees and Alumni (ACTA) released the results of a 50-college study in a booklet titled “The Hollow Core.”  The purpose of the study was to determine if America’s colleges and universities were meeting their obligation to provide today’s students with a core group of courses “that ensure a solid general education.”  The study showed less than desirable results, concluding the “America’s colleges are, in truth, offering little more than a ‘hollow core.'”  (more…)

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Congress is taking up the issue of the Fairness Doctrine again.  This would be a HUGE violation of the First Amendment.  While on Mark Levin’s site today, I came across this group that is working against the Fairness Doctrine, and they have a list of those who support it and those who are opposed to it, and those that act like hypocrites saying they are opposed to it, but won’t act against it.  Happily, I say NV Representatives Jon Porter and Dean Heller on the list of those that oppose the Fairness Doctrine and act accordingly.  And, of course, Shelley Berkley was on the list of those that want the Fairness Doctrine reinstated.  So, since I’m in her congressional district, I decided to pop off a little e-mail to her.  I thought I’d share it here. 

I am writing today to express my extreme dissatisfaction in your stance on the fairness doctrine!  There is no reason why you should be able to determine what I am able to listen to on the radio.  I am fully capable of deciding what I want to hear.  Reinstating the fairness doctrine would be one of the biggest violations of the First Amendment I have heard of.  I can only conclude that the only reason that you would support such an unconstitutional measure is that you are too afraid of what your opposition may say.  While I do not agree with liberal agenda, I do believe that those who do have every right to express that belief on outlets such as MSNBC and Air America.  Likewise, I have every right to have my views expressed on conservative talk radio and Fox News.  If you are so sure that your liberal agenda is right for this country, why are you so afraid of other views being expressed?  Your actions in this matter show me that you truly are working toward a Socialist America.  Should you all get your way, it will be a sad future for my wonderful children! 

This is just one of the “little” ways that the Left is trying to take over this country.  They are just trying to silence the opposition, that way they look better and it will be easier for them to Socialize this country.  This is a Communist/Marxist tactic and every American should be disgusted! 

Support Jon Porter and Dean Heller in their re-election campaigns! 

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Wise Words

I love and admire Ronald Reagan. I wish he were still alive and kickin‘ and able to run the government. However, this cannot be so. However, we should all be able to learn from him some amazing lessons. A friend sent me an e-mail with these Reagan quotes today. They hold true even now.

–‘Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.’
–‘The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
–‘The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.’
–‘Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.’
–‘I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.’
–‘The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.’
–‘Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.’
–‘The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.’
–‘It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.’
–‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.’
–‘Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.’
–‘No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.’
–‘If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God , then we will be a nation gone under.’

Now, wasn’t he wise!?

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