A MAN WITH A MEMORY LOOKS AT THE SPACE PROGRAM | 2003-02-08
Respectable conservatives earn that name "respectable" from liberals. Liberals give them that "respectable" label. Respectable conservatives are able to get on the news media while conservatives that liberals label "ultra-right" or "racist" are suppressed.
Nobody helps the liberals suppress "unrespectable" conservatives more than respectable conservatives do.
One thing you never do if you want to be a respectable conservative is to press any point that might shame liberals. Since nothing liberals do results in anything less than a disaster, it takes a lot of forgetting to make liberals look sane.
In 1969 when the Moon shot was ready to take off, there was a giant leftist demonstration against it. Black "leaders" brought in a mule train and a line of marching blacks all the way to Cape Kennedy to demonstrate against throwing money into space that should go to minorities.
Today only an obvious fool would challenge the enormous benefits the space program brought us (starting with the heart pacer if you want to talk about helping people). Now all the conservatives who grovel at the feet of leftist minorities would never mention the giant and insane mule train protest.
The mule train was big news in 1969. Everybody has agreed to forget it now. It would make a great symbol of leftism if the right were serious.
Since then those mule-train leftist minorities have won. In the name of compassionate conservatism the space program gets little backing from Bush. Once again Bush is throwing away support he could get from backing the space program to appeal to the mule-train minorities.
Guess how many mule-train minority votes Bush will get.