A few weeks ago, my friend Tim Baily was looking for a logo to use for a new group supporting Barack Obama’s Space Exploration Policies called the Obamanauts; I immediately volunteered. We took the standard Obama “O”, then added a star field in the background and a swooshing space-ship (inspired by the old Loony Tunes cartoons with Ralph Phillips saving the earth from alien invasion.) I matched the fonts as closely as I could and then created a bumper sticker to be given out at an upcoming Obamanauts rally in Florida. It was a big hit.
If you are a USÂ citizen, you need to consider a lot of important issues whenÂ decidingÂ who to cast your vote for in the upcoming US Presidential Election. The economy, energy, education, health-care, and the security of this country from attack are all crucial. Â Yet everyone has issues that are more important to them than others, which will often help tip your vote in favor of one or the other candidates. For myself and many others, one of the most vital issues facing the US is its place in space exploration.
Why Space Exploration? Aren’t there more pressing issues? When you think about it, America’s role in space exploration touches on the most pressing issues that are being discussed:
- Security: We increasingly rely on satellite technology to allow us to know what is going on in the world without the need to put people into harm’s way.
- Health-care: New medicines are being developed in zero-g laboratories that cannot be mimicked on earth.
- Education: Space Exploration relies on an educated population, one that understands science and its role in our lives.
- Energy: Space Exploration has always pushed the boundaries of our energy sources. In fact many of the “alternative” fuel sources today were initially developed by NASA for use in space.
- Economy: What makes our economy strong is a secure, healthy, and well educated population that is not dependent on foreign governments for the energy that powers that economy (see above).
Compare Obama’s and McCain’s plans side by side, and I believe that you will find on all of these issues Barack Obama has the best, most forward thinking, plan.Â Whereas McCain gives the same lip service to NASA that previous presidents have always given (while also ominously stressing its military importance), Obama talks about the need to fundamentally restructure an institution for the 21st century.
When I was growing up, NASA united Americans to a common purpose and inspired the world with accomplishments we are still proud of.Â Today, NASA is an organization that impacts many facets of American life.Â I believe NASA needs an inspirational vision for the 21st Century.Â My vision will build on the great goals set forth in recent years, to maintain a robust program of human space exploration and ensure the fulfillment of NASAâ€™s mission.Â Together, we can ensure that NASA again reflects all that is best about our country and continue our nationâ€™s preeminence in space.
When I was growing up, NASA was the pride of this country. The National Air and Space Administration had taken the US and the WorldÂ to the moon and was poised for yet greater missions. Then a series of mostly Republican Administrations scaled NASA back, first removing the luster and then the pride from this important organization. Over the years, what once represented the future and greatness of the USÂ has increasingly become the butt of jokes.
Although we are facing difficult financial times, Obama still talks with pride about NASA and what he will do to put it back on track. This is why I am proud to tbe an Obamanaut.
If you want to be an Obamanaut, you can get bumper stickers, buttons, and T-shirts from Zazzle.