Friday, January 27, 2012

The Moon is Wrong, Palin was Right

So Newt Gingrich's Moon-base-statehood plan is both silly and illegal*. But his goal of trying to find an exciting, visionary mission that we can all get behind is an admirable one. Perhaps he took Kennedy's call to go to the moon a bit too literally. It wasn't the moon that made it such a powerful act, but that we were united in a common and terrifically hard goal.

Thing is, our common and terrifically hard goal is right in front of us and has been pitched by both Democrats and Republicans. It's the Green Energy sector. There's something for all to get behind: it's jobs, it's national security, it's manufacturing, it's self sufficiency, it's saving the planet. Most importantly, it's a chance for America to be #1 -- and that's what Americans love more than anything else.

So what's keeping us from uniting behind this goal of becoming the eco leading nation? Simple, our leaders wont' cooperate. If they did this, and brought the country together instead of trying to win the next election, we'd be truly unstoppable.

Another observation from this whole Moon idea, and Florida debate in general: Palin was right.

She said:

'If I were a South Carolinian... I would want to see this thing continue because iron sharpens iron, steel sharpens steel. These guys are getting better in their debates.
'If I had to vote in South Carolina, in order to keep this thing going, I'd vote for Newt. And I would want things to continue. More debates, more vetting of candidates.'

Turns out, she was dead on. Newt's campaign may be imploding (again, can't wait to see him rise from the ashes a 3rd time), but Romney's is much stronger because of the contest. Newt's debating performance caused Romney to reach, and last night, he finally delivered.

Well played Ms. Palin, well played.

*What a world we live in when the Republican candidate is talking about colonies on the moon, and the Democratic president wants to leverage the private sector to get to space and make NASA lean and mean.

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