I find it excusable that this nation would overlook the warning signs when they first embraced Barack Obama as their president. Electing this eloquent, Harvard-educated husband, father, and United States Senator was America’s attempt at validating the racial reconciliation where she believed herself to have finally arrived. Barack Obama was, simply put, exactly the wrong person to come along at exactly the right time.
While our traditions and the founding fathers’ wisdom reject the notion of royalty, we appreciate resplendent statesmanship in a president and pageant respectability in the first family. People saw an opportunity to rekindle several unrequited aspirations in a single election. It was not so long before 2008 that America’s short-lived chapter of Camelot had come to an abrupt and tragic end in Dallas. One year earlier and just 245 miles to the south, at Rice University, John Kennedy delivered the landmark vision for his presidency by declaring that “We choose to go to the Moon.”
Kennedy’s challenge was to become the pinnacle achievement of the Twentieth Century. The associated development of technology would advance civilization, improve everyone’s quality of life, provide an enormous return on investment, and drench every American in patriotic pride. “The growth of our science and education will be enriched by new knowledge of our universe and environment, by new techniques of learning and mapping and observation, by new tools and computers for industry, medicine, the home as well as the school. Technical institutions, such as Rice, will reap the harvest of these gains.And finally, the space effort itself, while still in its infancy, has already created a great number of new companies, and tens of thousands of new jobs. Space and related industries are generating new demands in investment and skilled personnel, and this city and this State, and this region, will share greatly in this growth.”
Kennedy’s astronomical inspiration dwarfs the signature achievement of the Obama presidency. While benefiting nearly everyone on the planet for the foreseeable future, the Apollo program cost Americans around $25 billion. Over a similar period of time, Obamacare is projected to cost 100 times that amount – while declining the quality of healthcare – while deceiving the public – while dividing the nation – while intimidating and punishing citizens through IRS enforcement.