Yes, we took the land we live on from the native inhabitants and that was less than glorius. But the idea that the United States had a destiny to become a bastion of freedom, liberty and the last, best hope of mankind was and remains the greatest of human aspirations. For some of us, manifest destiny represents that idea that this once beautiful, green planet was never intended to be our home from cradle to grave and that "...go forth and multiply..." means more than just over populating this tired, ruined Eden.
I have lost interest in our national elections as our leadership seems interested only in personal power and in nothing of real, lasting value.
The defining moment for all humanity came at 4:17:40 P.M., Eastern daylight time on 21 July, 1969 when all the peoples of this planet cheered as the Eagle landed on the moon. For that moment all humanity stood united as one as we looked up at the moon that night in the wonder of realization that we'd taken the first step towards becoming a mature species.
Then we turned inward and with ever increasing focus on our navels began to expend our blood, treasure, and future on transitory goals of little value to us and no value to humanity.
I am past "What are they THINKING?" and simply do not have a clue. There are no problems on this Earth not soluable by the exploration and settlement of space, and I mean none. Whether medical, resources, food, the environment...whatever your pet interest...the answer is not in completeing the destruction and desecration of Mother Earth.
But don't take my word for it. Maybe Neil Degrasse Tyson can make you think
If it does, then consider this: http://penny4nasa.org/Penny4NASA/Home.html.
The March of Dimes ended polio, a great victory. A penny from each our our federal tax dollars is critical to ensuring the survival our our children and their descendents, and a chance for this planet to heal.
Without it, there will be no hope of "...life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." With it, there are no limits.
David A. Mallette
"If it sounds good, it IS good!" - Duke Ellington