Remember Sputnik? I do. It was October 1957 and I was just fifteen. I had a model three-stage rocket on the bookshelf in my bedroom and it had never occurred to me that anyone but the US would be launching any orbiting satellites, grapefruit or any other size.
But the percentage of the population that was around then is pretty small. The number who recall JFK's visionary quest to "put a man on the moon and bring him safely back to earth before the end of this decade" is equally small.
Why then does the Messiah raise that imagery in his speech? Few have found much to like in the pandering that went on last night. You can grab a line almost anywhere between "My fellow Americans, the state of our union is..." and "Thank you, and God bless America." There's nothing of substance and it wasn't well said.
Sputnik Was Different. China On The Moon is Today!
He does so much like to hear himself talk but he fails to notice that now he has become the only one in the room who is listening.
What has he done comparable to the Sputnik response? He's largely put the brakes on NASA. He's kowtowed, literally, to our adversaries. He's stifled our industry and scientists. And, he's indebted our future generations so that they may never recover.
"Our Sputnik moment..." indeed!