Forty years ago, NASA made dreams come true, as humans stepped foot for the first time on the moon. What has impressed me is hearing over and over the praises of former NASA directors who recall the importance each member of the team, which was in the hundreds if not thousands, had in making the mission a reality. Indeed, it's a perfect example of the power we have as a nation—when we realize that we're not in it alone.
Tough challenges require team work. And as we look ahead at the challenges we face as a nation—the economy, health reform, immigration, etc.—there's a lot we can learn from the thousands of nameless laborers who helped Neil Armstrong take that giant leap.
President Obama has done an excellent job in returning our country's focus back on to "We The People," shifting it from what I would argue has been the mantra of American life during the housing boom of this past decade, a culture that cried in its rush for individual prosperity, "Me The People."
The moon landing, more than anything, brought America together during a tumultuous time. It lifted up our founding values of community and opportunity, reminding us that no dream was too big when we all come together. Perhaps, in this new era, our sea of Tranquility can be realized in the dreams for a fair and just economy, in a world that respects the dignity and rights of all, in a future that doesn't rely on fuels that hurt our own beautiful planet. When three astronauts looked down upon our small green and blue rock forty years ago this week, they realized how much we truly were connected, how we were all in it together. Our job is to carry this knowledge forward, as we work toward finding solutions that bring security, mobility, opportunity, and all our other treasured national values within the reach of every person who calls our own rock home.
Busy week! And I may have to soon take time off from the newsletter. If not before then, I will be at a conference and on vacation in California at the end of June/beginning of July, so may well take that time largely off from the newsletter. May have to before then as well given the amount of work I have, but we'll see.
So it seems, in between some great speeches, Obama discovered his own likeness in Egyptian hieroglyphs. From the Liberal OC:
by Josh Orton, Mon May 11, 2009 at 09:37:03 AM EDT
I'm buried in exam prep for the home stretch of my first year of law school (done Friday), but I wanted to call attention to some cool, nerdy live video online from NASA.
Short version: NASA's launching a shuttle mission today to attempt a rescue of the Hubble telescope. But's it's a dicey mission, since Hubble orbits so far from earth. And because of the potential danger from all the space junk, NASA actually has a SECOND shuttle ready to launch a rescue mission if the first one gets in trouble.
Somewhere in America, a man loses the job he has held for more than thirty years. Somewhere in America, a woman cleans out the office she had occupied for close to a decade. Elsewhere in the United States, a teen unsuccessfully tries to find work. He knows he needs to help his Mom and Dad; each toiled in the factory that closed just down the street. A young woman searches for a professional position, just as she has for the two years since she graduated form the University. Each of these individuals is not startled by the headline, Economy Shed 598,000 Jobs in January. All ask, where have the "experts," Economists, and elected officials been?