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What would the Roman Empire Do, WWRED, when things were going bad and it's citizens and non-citizen subject were questioning themselves? When people in other countries didn't respect the Roman Empire anymore?  When everything was going bad for the Roman Empire, which, unlike the Third Reich, actually did last a thousand years.

The Romans were great about bragging everything they did well.  What does people all over the globe know about the US that is unquestionably positive?  

MOON LANDING

We are the only people that have walked on the Moon.  What represents that?  The Lunar Module, or LEM

Let's put a one fifth scale model of the LEM on every school and library.  Maybe we would have to make 1000 of them, but that should be our symbol.  our logo.  The LEM was 21 feet tall and 27 foot wide at the legs.  So a one fifth scale would make it 4 feet tall and six feet wide.

Maybe this would cost a few million bucks, but so what.  We should have July 20th a legal holiday called Moon day!

We need a few dozen full size models for the few dozen largest Metro Service Areas.  We should all be proud of that accomplishment.

Why not a rocket? Dozens of countries have sent a unmanned rocket into space.  But we are the only one that has sent a LEM and walked on the mood!  The LEM represents science, engineering, math, computers, organization, management, the political focus and funding over ten years, a separate agency to do this NASA.  A Saturn V rocket has a distinctive look, but a lot of other rockets look like this, so it's not so distinctive.

If we aren't proud of our country then why should our allies be proud of use?

Okay, it's a crazy idea, but what this country is lacking is the kind of national pride (as separate from the Third Reich's military/patriotic/national pride).  

Youngsters don't realize how proud Americans were during the space race.  We were so proud of our scientific achievements, which was a perfect counterweight to the Vietnam War, which was widely opposed in 1967 or 1968.  The Moon Race kept our country together in a small way.  We could come together to support this country during the space race.  Almost everybody really was supportive of the space race.

This could unity the country, like World War Two or the cold war

Originally posted to Churchill on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 10:22 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Druid800

    80 percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

    by Churchill on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 10:23:01 AM PDT

  •  I'd ask a little more... (1+ / 0-)
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    Churchill

    Focusing on past success rather than present/future trainwreck is an indication of decay in a society/culture/nation at least that's how I've been taught.

    That said, I'm ok with cheering our accomplishments as long as they are used to 'pivot' us into something more today or in the future.  

    I'd ask then what to use your Moon Day to promote in addition to past success?

    -- Hope is the adrenaline of the mind. --

    by Druid800 on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 10:28:25 AM PDT

  •  or maybe we should GO BACK to the moon (2+ / 0-)
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    Churchill, Druid800

    The space race was supposedly about looking towards the future.  How far off the path we've gone when all we do now is look back when we reference space these days.

    I know, it's probably not what you want to hear. oD

    by obligatorydiscord on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 10:32:55 AM PDT

  •  Gotta start pulling in teh same direction (0+ / 0-)

    how about a huge national project like a Moon-Race for renewable fuel+???

    80 percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

    by Churchill on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 10:35:16 AM PDT

  •  Pivot from this pride to Alt Energy Moon Race (0+ / 0-)

    80 percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

    by Churchill on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 10:35:34 AM PDT

  •  We need a national Pivot Point to Alt Energy (0+ / 0-)

    this could show us what we can accomplish.  The politicians talk about a manhannan projcet, or a apollo project.  They should use words like Moon-Race.  That's exciting .

    A Green Energy Moon-Race.

    80 percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

    by Churchill on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 10:36:37 AM PDT

  •  Eisenhower build parks w/swimming pools (0+ / 0-)

    he know that we needed a sense of community during the cold war.  Parks and swimming pools are something that helped morale, something an army general understood.  Ike know that morale was very important to an army, and also equally important to a country in the middle of a cold war.

    80 percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

    by Churchill on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 10:38:47 AM PDT

  •  Uh, oh. We've boasted all the time about (0+ / 0-)

    us being the beacon on the hill, the best democracy on earth, etc. , and look where that got us. Oh, I know! Let's boast a little more. That'll do the trick!

    Restore Democracy! Denounce the GOP (Georgie's Orwellian Party)!

    by high5 on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 11:34:33 AM PDT

    •  a solid accomplishment to science (0+ / 0-)

      is not a boast.  I don't like boasting either.  But it is a fact that Americans walked on the moon.  Nationalism can be dangerous.  But a lunar module is an accomplish for all of mankind.  

      The GOP boast about the military, why shouldn't the Democrats and progressives boast about science and space exploration?

      80 percent of success is just showing up - Woody Allen.

      by Churchill on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 11:41:57 AM PDT

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  •  Back in school in the 70s.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Churchill

    We were taught something that is apropos for this diary and this weekend.

    We were taught that it was not the first ones who got here that we remember, but the first ones who did something about it. It wasn't the Vikings who we remember for developing the new world, it was the Europeans.

    So, we landed on the moon first.

    Others will follow.

    Will we develop and advance, or not.

    Forget the lunar module. Put a model of whatever we are going to use to move forward. Whatever we are going to use to develop.

    That's what our young people need to focus on.

    PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news.

    by Big Nit Attack on Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 11:42:29 AM PDT

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