Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
- Goethe, German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist, and Scientist (1749-1832)
So yesterday, Jim Carrey released his unfunny and idiotic Cold Dead Hand song portraying NRA members as just a bunch of dumb rednecks, completely oblivious to the fact that 90% of gun crime is committed by criminals who don’t give a damn about gun control, and by any measure, that song was a bomb. That song bombed almost as bad as that Bob Wonderlick movie, or whatever the heck they called his latest movie about magicians that nobody went to see. All you had to do is watch the Twitter hashtag to know how badly that song bombed, there are people with 100 followers whose timelines were scrolling faster than #ColdDeadHand. That hashtag was lucky if it was getting a tweet every other minute.
So while watching his hashtag crawl, I noticed this tweet:
— Les Ar(t)senic (@lesarsenic) March 25, 2013
How could I not respond to this?
First, it brings to mind a famous quote: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
That photo is especially relevant here, because if you look closely at the image, you can see the dead bodies stacked on top of each other beneath the sign.
How do you think Jim Jones got those 918 people in Jonestown to line up one by one and drink their little cups of kool-aid, knowing that there was a lethal dose up cyanide in every cup?
Contrary to the popular misconception, it wasn’t just the brainwashing that got the people to drink knowingly of their suicides, it also just as much the fact that they knew if they resisted, they would be shot down like animals, because the only people in Jonestown who were armed were Jim Jones himself and a handful of his most trusted guards. Jonestown is just one of many many examples throughout history of what happens when the people in power make sure all the guns are in their hands.
Let’s return now to our smug European friend who says, “Come on ‘merica, you don’t need guns, watch EU!”
I’m laughing as I type this, laughing at his condescension that this guy has toward America and our right to bear arms after the history of what happened in Europe in the previous century.
Go back and study your 20th century European history, go back and study that history and tell us how well it worked out for the Europeans when they laid down their guns like lambs. Can you imagine how awesome that must have been to witness nation after nation in Europe falling under the grip of totalitarian rule as small bands of armed revolutionaries took quick control over the masses of unarmed people?
Once the tyrannies took hold of their respective European nations, those unarmed masses had very little means of acquiring guns and and freeing themselves of their despotic rulers, so there was nothing to stop these dictatorial regimes as they the dragged the entire world into not just one world war, but two world wars resulting in a death count of nearly 100 million soldiers and innocent civilians across the globe.
When you contemplate all the horrors that were wrought on the world by Europe in the 20th century, you would think that just out of common decency, the Europeans would realize we’re still too close to all that misery, carnage and death for any of those Euros to be making righteous moral judgments on any nation. As the saying goes, “too soon”. Maybe give it another century before enough time has passed where you might be distant enough from the 20th century to attempt to stand on a moral ground and make condemnations of other nations, especially when it comes to condemning a United States which bailed you out of two world wars that were both started on European soil and especially after the U.S. was the one thing that stopped the Soviet Union from steamrolling your entire continent under the misery of the Soviet control.
Of course, the lessons of what happens when the citizens of a nation have no means to defend themselves against relatively small groups of armed revolutionaries storming to power, these lessons extend beyond Europe to the Russian landmass spanning both Europe and Asia, where Stalin killed and starved 43,000,000 unarmed Russians, followed by another 18,000,000 killed by subsequent Soviet Leaders. The slaughter of unarmed citizens extended on into Asia, with Mao Zedong in China, who slaughtered 64,000,000 of his unarmed citizens, with Pol Pot in Cambodia, who slaughtered 2,000,000 of his unarmed people (an incredible 28.4% of the population) and with the “Dear Leaders” Kim of North Korea, who have starved and executed a combined 2.4 million of their unarmed people. It also extends to Africa, where Idi Amin killed as many as 300,000 of his unarmed Ugandans, and into the Caribbean, with Fidel Castro, who killed 150,000 of his unarmed Cubans and jailed maybe twice as many for “political crimes”. Sadam Hussein had disarmed his public, Iran has disarmed its public, and we could go on and on . . .
But I think George Mason said it best . . .
To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.
It seems many Europeans can’t even remember their own history of the century just passed, so it bears repeating again: those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Never imagine that it could never happen here, just because we’re Americans. Don’t fool yourself, every government ever created has an irresistible impulse to expand it’s control into every aspect of our lives. That governmental compulsion towards absolute control is inevitable, it’s in every government’s DNA, it is the very nature of any government.
The only way to keep a government in check is to make sure the government fears us, the people, and not the other way around.
Never ever submit to laying down your arms like good little lambs and never ever put all your faith in an almighty benevolent government to be your sole protector against the wolves, because if given the chance, government will always become the ultimate wolf.
Remember history and remember that every time in history, when the people in control of the government are the only people who are armed, it’s always going to end badly. Always.
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George Orwell once said, “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”
To laugh this off from your comfortable chair or imagine somehow that this is not a distinct possibility for any group of people anywhere is to admit total ignorance to the recorded history of humankind, where war and slavery have been the rule far more often than the exception.
If we can agree then that a freedom-crushing future is never a distant possibility for any society, then we must be vigilant, but what of what exactly should we be vigilant? Who is the potential wearer of that boot eternally stamping on the human face?
If you’re easily impressionable and a fan of the movies, you just might visualize some evil, multinational corporation filling those boots, after all, every fourth or fifth movie coming out of Hollywood has some greedy corporation playing the villain, but ask yourself this – did Apple, the richest corporation on the planet, ever put a gun to anyone’s head to force them to buy their iPhones? Did Starbucks ever threaten a jail cell for anyone who dared not stop in for a daily fix of their multinational corporate coffee?
Outside of the Hollywood world of make-believe, the true oppressors of people in the real world are those people’s very own governments, who, in just one abominable example, can go so far as to force each and every citizen to purchase a product or a service as we saw just recently with the Obamacare mandate. The reality in the real world is, governments seem to have, by their own inherent nature, a perpetual need to turn citizens into subjects of the state.
The filthy rich capitalist pigs in Hollywood with their bizarre and contradictory Communist sympathies may reflexively cast corporations as the bad guy in everything from courtroom dramas like Runaway Jury, to David versus Goliath stories like Promised Land, to sci fi offerings like Terminator and zombie horror flicks like Resident Evil, but far more real and diabolical than those fantasies and gross caricatures are the threats to humanity as portrayed in books like 1984, Brave New World and Atlas Shrugged.
If you have any doubt as to where the real threat is, ask yourself, was it greedy corporations or was it totalitarian governments which slaughtered over a quarter-billion people in the 20th century? There may be twenty times more movies about big, bad corporations than there are movies about the governments which perpetuate all the wars and slavery in the world, but the real threat to humanity is the farthest thing from most Hollywood scripts.
If we’re not perpetually vigilant in keeping the government in check, then there’s nothing that will stop a government from following its natural compulsion to write more laws and expand the tax code with every passing year, to perpetually feed an ever-increasing appetite for power, to constantly grow in size and scope at the expense of the freedoms of every citizen in every way imaginable.
So who are the Americans who can prevent America from sliding into an Orwellian totalitarian nightmare?
They’re people like Joshua Boston, who wrote to a member of the senatorial elite, a woman who has admitted to carrying a gun herself in the past, but who also admitted, if it were up to her, she would force Mr. and Mrs. America to turn ’em all in. Here’s what Mr. Boston wrote:
Senator Dianne Feinstein,
I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.
I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America. I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.
I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.
We, the people, deserve better than you.
Cpl, United States Marine Corps
source: Fox News Insider
Imagine that, a citizen who sees his government about to embark in an egregious overstepping of its Constitutional bounds, and he comes out and says it in no uncertain terms – I will not comply with your attempt at logging every law-abiding gun owner in a national database. I will not comply because I know exactly what happens next after the government has a list like that. I will not comply and I will tell you that right up front.
Remember when liberals used to be cool like that? Remember when liberals used to believe in civil disobedience and questioning authority? Far from being the mindless, MSNBC-brainwashed partisan zombies that most liberals have become today, there was a time when liberals would burn their draft cards right in front of rolling cameras, never giving a partisan thought to the fact that it was a Democrat president who was plunging us into the quagmire of Vietnam.
Nowadays, for the liberals who screamed bloody murder just a few years ago at the Bush administration over prisoners of war being held without trial in Guantanomo, these very same liberals don’t even make so much as a peep over Obama acting as judge, jury and executioner in assassinating American citizens from the skies with predator drones. That whole PATRIOT Act which had the Bush hatin’ libs apoplectic with rage? For most libs, it’s suddenly not even an issue worth mentioning anymore, even as the government’s powers of surveillance are being grossly expanded under Obama.
Outside of a few principled and outspoken critics like Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich who remain true to their beliefs no matter which party holds the White House, the partisan capitulation of most liberals under Obama is so ridiculous it’s nearly impossible to remember there was a time when the liberal instinct to fight the power and stick it to the man overrode any allegiance they might have held to a political party.
Now when liberals try to tap into their rebellious predilictions, what we end up seeing is something as worthless and pathetic as the Occupy movement, blaming all that is bad in America on the greed of the “one-percenters”, totally oblivious to the fact that it’s those very same Capitalists who made America the richest nation in human history. Despite the best efforts of their cheerleaders in the media, for the average American watching at home, there was nothing that could hide the true nature of the Occupiers as an ignorant, unwashed and disorganized horde of drug addicts, vandals, rapists and murderers with no coherent message whatsoever.
These are the rioters of society, people who imagine they are making a difference by smashing windows, defecating on police cars and burning down their own neighborhoods. The only real threat they pose is to their fellow neighbors in the forms of disease, property damage, relocated businesses and lost jobs. For all their delusions of grandeur and the collective pride they took in posting arrest counts of over 7,700 in just over a year, these rioters pose no threat to the ruling elite and at most, represent nothing more than punchlines to jokes about “useful idiots”.
Those are the rioters.
Then there are the revolutionaries. These are the people who hold a heartfelt belief and understanding that the colonists most improbable bid for independence and the crafting of our Constitution represent the birthpoints of the greatest hope for freedom in all human history. In two years of Tea Party rallies, millions showed up to demand a return to the principles of The Constitution and a limited form of government, and through it all, there was not a single documented arrest made. No arrests at all, but it would be folly for our current leaders to mistake these well-behaved idealists for idle dreamers and not people capable of action when left no other choice. These are people who believe, with every fiber of their being, statements such as these:
The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. – Thomas Jefferson
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government. – George Washington
To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them. – George Mason
Occasionally the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. – Thomas Jefferson
I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country. – Nathan Hale’s final words before being hanged as a revolutionary.
Read again the words of Mr. Boston, a man whose family name comes most appropriately from the city where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Heed the words of Alex Jones, as he rightfully calls the British foreigner working to undermine our Constitution a “redcoat” and warns Piers Morgan that “1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms.”
While the ruling elite has been quite successful in draining us of our liberties in a slow, steady drip, our self-imagined overlords would be wise to avoid a real confrontation over the Second Amendment, lest they find out firsthand the stark difference between rioters and revolutionaries.
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You’re sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door.
Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way.
With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it.
In the darkness, you make out two shadows. One holds a weapon — it looks like a crowbar.
When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both thugs to the floor. One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside.
As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you’re in trouble. In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless. Yours was never registered.
Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died. They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm.
When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case down to manslaughter. “What kind of sentence will I get?” you ask. “Only ten-to-twelve years,” he replies, as if that’s nothing. “Behave yourself, and you’ll be out in seven.”
The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper. Somehow, you’re portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choir boys. Their friends and relatives can’t find an unkind word to say about them. Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both “victims” have been arrested numerous times. But the next day’s headline says it all: “Lovable Rogue Son Didn’t Deserve to Die.” The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin Hood-type pranksters.
As the days wear on, the story takes wings. The national media picks it up, then the international media.
The surviving burglar has become a folk hero. Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he’ll probably win.
The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in the past and that you’ve been critical of local police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects. After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time. The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars.
A few months later, you go to trial. The charges haven’t been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently predicted. When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works against you. Prosecutors paint a picture of you as a mean, vengeful man.
It doesn’t take long for the jury to convict you of all charges.
The judge sentences you to life in prison.
This case really happened.
On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk, England, killed one burglar and wounded a second. In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term.
How did it become a crime to defend one’s own life in the once-great British Empire?
Read more: here.
– By Robert A. Waters, June 30, 2000
Hat tip: Monika S.
No doubt, some people would like to see that kind of draconian gun control make its way across the Atlantic to the former shores of the land of the free. Maybe we just need to get rid of this whole stigma about gun control being “anti-American”. Maybe gun control is really as American as ignorant college kids wearing Che Guevara t-shirts, as American as a New York Times writer winning a Pulitzer Prize for singing the praises of totalitarianism under Stalin in Soviet Russia. Maybe now that America has elected its first Communist president, it’s only fitting that we should follow in the jackbooted footsteps of every other Communist nation in history by stripping the plebs of their right to bear arms.
Waters’ article was written in 2000, but it’s even more relevant today with America ruled by a president who professed his heartfelt belief in the Second Amendment while campaigning, and who most assuredly laughs in private at the thought of actually being bound to anything he may have had to say to get elected.
There’s a parallel between the article, where a mass shooting in Britain involving a Kalashnikov rifle somehow translated to a confiscation of handguns, and what we’re seeing here in the U.S., with a pistol-weilding lunatic in Connecticut being used to revive the ban on assault rifles.
Of course, when the politicians tell you they’re only coming for your assualt rifles, realize they’re lying just as surely as their lips are moving. Joe Biden, the point man in the administration’s mission to dismantle the Second Amendment, has made it quite clear they’re willing to consider anything and everything the government can do to to strip the commoners of their freedoms in the name of the common good. What should they worry, the ruling elite can always depend on armed guards to provide for their own safety and for the safety of their children at school.
This has nothing to do with fake tears shed over a senseless tragedy, in the world of the ruling elite, this is about making sure the subjects of the state have no way of challenging their government overlords. This latest attempt at a governmental gun grab is not about the safety of the average American, after all, more hammers, clubs, and other blunt objects are involved in murders than rifles or shotguns. No, what this is about exploting a tragedy, this is about Obama trying to impose fundamental change on America by never allowing a serious crisis to go to waste.
Image credit: Now The End Begins
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I took a lot of heat for my post about the Obamas entitled “Happy Fourth of July from Two People Who Despise You and the Country as a Whole.” Turns out my gut instinct and the overwhelming evidence I laid out in making this post couldn’t have been any more accurate when you hear it spoken from Neera Tanden, a former aide to both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who had this to say about the relationship of between Bill Clinton and Obama:
“Clinton, being Clinton, had plenty of advice in mind and was desperate to impart it. But for the first two years of Obama’s term, the phone calls Clinton kept expecting rarely came. “People say the reason Obama wouldn’t call Clinton is because he doesn’t like him,” observes Tanden. “The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people. My analogy is that it’s like becoming Bill Gates without liking computers.”
This is a shocking admission when you consider that Neera Tanden not only served as a high-level aid for both Clinton and Obama but that she continues her devotion to progressive activism as president for the far-left organization Center for American Progress. As a lifelong loyalist to progressivism, in speaking her honest opinion after having worked closely for both presidents, she has now been forced to walk back those comments, but those original unguarded comments she made speak volumes about the true nature of Barack Obama.
He really doesn’t like people. Like any good tyrant, he looks down on all the little peons like you and me over which he reigns.
Looking at his history, Barack Obama sat for twenty years in a church where Reverend Jeremiah Wright preached black liberation theology (the black version of white segregationism) and railed against America as the source of all the greatest evils in the world.
Barack Obama then had that very same Reverend Jeremiah Wright marry him and Michelle, had him baptize his children and used one of Reverend Wright’s sermons as inspiration for the title of his book “The Audacity of Hope.” Then, after millions of YouTube views of the Wright gleefully celebrating the 9/11 attacks on America, in the blink of an eye, Obama renounced the kindredship between the two, throwing under the bus his pastor of twenty years.
Barack Obama married a woman who admitted during the Democrat primaries that “For the frist time in my adult life, I’m really proud of my country.”
I find it an absolute impossibility that a man could marry a woman without knowing full well that she’s never been proud of her country.
When asked why suburban voters of his own democrat party had the audacity to support Hillary by large margins over his own candidacy, Obama speaking to millionaire donors at a fundraiser while unaware he was secretly being recorded, exposed his true self by telling his donors: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” In other words, Obama said his own fellow Democrats who dared to vote for Hillary in the Democrat primary were nothing more than a bunch of gun toting, bible thumping, ignorant bigots.
On the Republican landslide that ensued two years into Obama’s presidency, with great condescension and disdain for the voters of America, Obama blamed the voters for being stupid, “confused” and that “fear and frustration” were what lead to the shellacking:
“Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country’s scared.”
So much for respecting an honest intellectual disagreement, in the megalomaniacal mind of Barack Obama, you’re either in mental lock-step with Dear Leader and The Party, or you are guided by fear and frustration, you are against facts and science, and you are not thinking clearly because you are scared.
Perhaps this disdain for his fellow Americans should be no surprise. Remember that Barack Obama titled his book “Dreams from my Father”, the keyword being “from” my father, not “of” my father. For the father that abandoned him, Obama desperately tried reconcile his father’s abandonment by embracing those anti-American dreams from his father.
Perhaps the most profound influence on obama came from a man who, from Obama’s own writings, was his self-proclaimed mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying Communist, pornographer and a man who wrote books heavily laden with pedophilia. In 1975, Davis wrote a poem called To a Young Man. In reply, Obama then dedicated an untitled poem about “An old, forgotten man” and a poem called Pops” which strongly suggests there was an illicit man-boy relationship between Obama and Davis with following lines:
[Pops] Points out the same amber
Stain on his shorts that I’ve got on mine,
Makes me smell his smell, coming
Even the Obama campaign slogan “Forward” is a well-known and often-used communist slogan, a slogan featured prominantly in communist posters and even in the communist newspaper Frank Marshall Davis started, The Chicago Star.
Five days before being sworn in as president, Obama vowed that he would “fundamentally transform” America. Only a Marxist would believe the most prosperous nation on Earth is in need of a fundamental transformation. This is the true reality of an Obama who self-admittedly seeks to carry forth the dreams from a father who believed that taxing 100% of the income of a nation’s citizens was a noble goal. This is the true face of a man who was mentored and molded by a card-carrying communist named Frank Marshall Davis.
In a moment of unguarded candor, Obama’s own top aid and lifelong progressive activist Neera Tanden told us straight-up that Obama “really doesn’t like people,” but beyond not liking people in general, we see by his Obama’s own inadvertent admissions when straying from his carefully teleprompted scripts that he despises all who dare to disagree with him and his plans for a fundamental transformation of America.
We cannot afford another four years of a president who really doesn’t like people and despises everything good about America and all those of us who are willing to stand for the founding principles which made our country great.
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So now we hear Barack Obama has been going around trying to sound the reasonable moderate, saying:
“I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.”
Well that’s wonderful that you say you believe that, too bad your actions show differently. Truth is, there isn’t a problem in America whose solution you didn’t try to reach with either more government spending, more government regulation, or both.
I’m not a government hater, the Manhattan Project involved 130,000 people at over 30 sites across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and cost the equivalent of over $25 Billion in 2012 dollars, as ambitious a government project as there has ever been, but imagine the horrors of a world where the Nazis or Soviets had built the atomic bomb first and held the entire world hostage with it.
The Apollo missions were a government funded program and to me, NASA putting a man on the moon was the greatest exploration, the greatest adventure and the greatest technological achievement in mankind’s history, especially when you consider the astronaut’s lives at stake and the major bravado of doing it all with the kind of technology that was available in the 1960s. It showed the world, Capitalism wins, Communism fails. Over 42 years later and no other country has still managed to duplicate that feat. It’s something I wish I’d been old enough to witness first hand and celebrate. To have watched it live, when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon, I imagine the way it felt to celebrate that American achievement was probably like the USA’s Miracle on Ice in 1980 . . . times ten. Or twenty.
So it’s not like I don’t celebrate the great things our government can do. You know, little things like defeating Nazism and winning the Cold War, making sure those two evil regimes could not succeed in enslaving the world, saving South Korea from being overrun by the North and sparing half the nation from having to endure the hell that is life in North Korea. I’m proud to see the American government providing the largest share of aid for disaster victims, first on the scene at almost any corner of the world. Then of course, there’s everything we benefit from here at home with the government building roads, providing police and fire services, and the many social programs which give a good account in “judging a government by how they help those most in need”, but when I hear Obama quoting Lincoln and saying, “Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more,” it’s as if he thinks we’ll be so memorized by his oratory skills that we’ll hear what he says and not watch what he does.
The one time, the one time that I can think of Obama not going with more government as the grand solution to everything route?
It was after the $787 billion “stimulus” was rushed through Congress and there was money for every pet project and every government agency under the sun, but no love for NASA. Even with the rising unemployment and jobs that could have been easily saved, it was layoffs for NASA, Constellation program cancelled, no plan for a return to the moon or any kind of post-Shuttle America and our next great leap forward in space. It’s the one time Obama gets frugal as he decides to leave the bulk of space exploration to the private sector, forcing NASA for the foreseeable future to have to hitch a ride with Putin’s Cosmonauts any time we want to make it back to space.
And for the rest of America? No chance for the people of the country to come together and celebrate and take pride in another great NASA achievement in space.
For the guy whose wife once said during the 2008 campaign, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country,” perhaps this should be no surprise after all.
Part 2: In Gov We Trust