I currently inhabit a world in which we humans devote our lives to killing one another and to insisting that those who differ are simply terrorists bent on death and destruction. There was once another America, a nation which had dreams of exploring the universe rather than exploring ways of death and destruction. I was in my thirties when Americans stepped foot on the moon. Each and every American felt a moment of great pride as one of our fellow countrymen was now walking on the moon. For that magic moment, I no longer just felt to be an, American, but a human. I was part of this planet, and we humans were taking the initial step on the road to exploring the entire universe. Yes, it was a dream, but dreams are part of the human quest to be other than a member of this planet.
Sir Richard Branson of Virgin airlines also has a dream. He wants to explore space by sending humans into the area above our planet. Unfortunately, his experimental plane crashed in the Mojave desert. The real tragedy is failure on the part of American presidents for the past forty years to gaze upward at the skies rather than downward at the planet. We devote billions to killing rather than to sending fellow humans into space. Sorry, Tea Party nut cases, but the real issue for ALL humans is in space. And, it must be done by BIG GOVERNMENT. I shall die without humans on Mars. That is the real tragedy of the Tea Party and those refusing to allocate funds for space exploration!