It sounds more like something out of a Buck Rogers comic book than a serious proposal. Yesterday, Mike Pence outlined Donald Trump’s plan to establish a “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the U.S. military. My initial thought? Trump claims that we must cut back on healthcare, food, and shelter for the poor and underprivileged, that we can no longer afford programs that benefit people and the environment, but we can afford a completely useless, unpopular, pointless ‘gas-guzzler’?
“The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation.” Oh pleeeease … spare me the dramatics!!!
He called for Congress to allocate an additional $8 billion for space security systems over the next five years. Again … we cannot afford to help provide health care for the nation’s low income families, but we can spend a bloody $8 billion on this crap?
Fortunately, neither Trump nor Pence can simply snap their fingers and make it happen. This will need the approval of Congress, and it is a very contentious proposal, unpopular with many. In addition, Secretary of Defense Mattis was against the idea, saying he did not want to add “additional organizational and administrative tail” to the military. Of course, since then he has come ‘round to Trump’s way of thinking, most likely in order to keep his job. Integrity, anyone? Yesterday, Mattis said that space “is becoming a contested war-fighting domain, and we have to adapt to that reality.” Seriously? Have any of you guys seen spaceships filled with aliens in the night sky, waiting to attack the mother ship?
Proponents of a Space Force argue that the Air Force does not pay enough attention to outer space. What is more, they say, Russia and China are developing anti-satellite weapons that could pose a threat to American satellites. Guess what, folks … they need to be paying more attention to the fact that Russia already has the capability of shutting down large portions of our electrical grid with the click of a mouse, which would effectively bring the nation to its knees. What if we work on the problems that we know exist, and leave the Star Wars games for Hollywood to deal with?
Retired astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, who flew four shuttle missions, called the space force a “dumb idea” that would duplicate work already done by the air force. BINGO!
But wait!!! It gets even better!!! The most important first step, y’know, is to select … A LOGO!!! And guess who will be selecting the logo? Trump’s supporters. Yep, not all the people who will be paying their hard-earned tax dollars to support this utter nonsense. Oh no, friends … you and I have no say in the choice of this logo. Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Pascale, has emailed supporters asking them to vote for one of six space force logos to commemorate the “huge announcement”. This is the biggest load of you-know-what that Trump has come up with yet!The ‘supporters’ have been given the above six logos to choose from. Personally, I think they all look stupid, but then I am already biased against the entire thing anyway. Most have spaceships, though one has an odd yellow shape that some on Twitter have suggested is an homage to the president’s hair. Twitter users have been having a ball with this.
If this ridiculous money-waster of an idea actually passes Congress and becomes reality, there is no doubt that whichever logo is chosen will show up on hats, t-shirts, and perhaps even men’s underwear and it will all be available for a small donation to Donald Trump’s campaign fund! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Now, I’ve done my venting and I do have something serious to say about this. We have a heck of a lot of troubles right here on planet earth. There may well be potential future threats to satellites in space … I am not a scientist, so I cannot say. But even if there are, they are not of the same immediate concern as a multitude of problems right here that absolutely must be dealt with if this planet is to remain habitable for human life. Think about it … if we continue on our rapid path of polluting our air, water and soil, the satellites in space, whether ours, China’s or Russia’s, will not matter, for there will be nobody left breathing on earth to worry about it. Donald Trump is not only failing to address climate change, but is intentionally reversing the protections that were in place and attempting to stop states from enforcing their own environmental regulations. It is almost as if he fully intends to make sure that the next generation has to walk about wearing oxygen masks, and the generation after that will be confined in plastic bubbles. We don’t need to worry about what is going on in outer space … we need to take care of our own home and the people who live on it first.
We owe it to our children, their children, and all future generations around the globe, not just in the U.S., to protect our environment. When we have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, soil that is safe to grow chemical-free food, when everybody in this nation has affordable health care and enough food to eat, then let the little boys in Washington play with their space toys. Not now, not in 2020, not anytime in the foreseeable future.