NASA, Diplomacy & Muslims

Posted By on July 6, 2010

Dateline: July 5th, 2010

FOXNews.com headline: “NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

Let me preface my comments by saying I was an extreme fan of the exciting space program during the 60’s and early 70’s. I remember as a young boy being spellbound by the actual events of man in space. It was on July 20th, and I stayed over at a friends house that night so we could both stay up late and watch Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon. The fuzzy pictures, the blurry images the static filled radio transmissions, I still remember it like it was yesterday, and even more so when I see those images, again.

But now, I’m older, wiser and a strict Constitutionalist, and – yes – my perspective has changed. It was “nice” while it lasted, but now I’ve sworn to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States…” The Constitution is the guidelines and the restrictions under which the Federal government is officially authorized to function.

So, when I saw the above headline posted on FOXnews.com tonight, I couldn’t help but click on the link immediately and read the article. I wish I could say there is nothing new which President Obama does which surprises me, BUT that would not be the case. Our community organizer, inexperienced, friend of the Muslim world, advocate and apologist to our enemies president just keeps the surprises coming. With each new surprise comes an even deeper transgress into the arena of his being a “domestic enemy.” Why? Quite simply, there is absolutely nothing he has done since assuming the office of President of the United States which has been within the bounds of the United States Constitution, yes I said it, nothing and I do mean NOTHING!

His political and legislative agenda is further outside the bounds of the Constitution than any preceding president. His diplomatic efforts of apologizing for the actions of the US in the Middle East, Europe and Asia have astounded even some of his staunch supporters. His bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia. and of shaking the Queen of England’s hand have perplexed the most savvy of diplomats. His “Beer Summit” to rebuke, or rather “mend fences” between an honorable police officer and a radical, authority hating college professor alienated many within law enforcement. His snubs of Israel, and her prime minister, and strengthened the hands of radical, fundamentalist Muslims in the Arab world, and emboldened Israel’s enemies to push the limits of international aggression against Israel.

Now, he asks the director of an un-Constitutional governmental agency to conduct an international relations building effort in the Muslim world. What the…?!?!?!

Let’s look at the first part of that last statement. Is NASA un-Constitutional? After reading the article I conducted a quick perusal of the Constitution and found nothing within it which would authorize Congress, the President or the Judiciary to establish or fund such an agency. But what about:

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries; Article 1, Section 8, Para. 8

Doesn’t NASA “promote the Progress of Science”? Well, the answer to that question is, “yes.” Doesn’t funding NASA contribute greatly to our technology base, and enhance discoveries in technology? Again, the answer has to be, “yes.” But read the excerpt from the Constitution, again.

How is Congress empowered to “promote the Progress of Science”? It is very plain, “…by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;” (Emphases added) Where does it say that Congress is to “promote the Progress of Science” by creating a new, very expensive agency with the goal and purpose of advancing space travel? Hmmm… I guess that would fall under the category of:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. The Tenth Amendment

If Americans want to send someone to space, then this is the prerogative and realm of the people and private enterprise, and NOT the government.

Oh, but David, the Founding Fathers could not possibly of anticipated the technological advances of the Twentieth Century, and therefore we have to read into the document what they couldn’t have possibly understood. WRONG! If it “ain’t” there, then get an amendment. That is the provision the Founding Fathers made for the need for changes to the Federal Government, and that would be Article V of the Constitution. You want to change the government, then do it by amendment and not redefinition.

So, NASA is not Constitutional, but it is funded at this time, is it a part of its mission

…to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.1

Let me just ask the obvious question here? Can you please provide me with listing of these “historic contributions” which have occurred in the last century? Here is a quote from IslamOnline.net:

Sure, Muslims have claimed several accolades as proof of their contribution to scientific prowess. The most recent example of that is Dr. Ahmed Zewail, who won the 1999 Nobel Prize. Others have made contributions to the field, but on a much less notable level.

Having said that, there is no doubt that our contribution in proportion to the world’s population is highly questionable, with much of the blame being attributed to Muslims’ poor attitude towards science and the understanding of science, technology and the policies as well as allocation of resources to education and research by those in power.2 (Emphases added)

Maybe the President and the State Department should do their jobs in reaching out to the Muslim world and by applying a little pressure to get them to join the modern world. Maybe the President and the State Department should be just a little less concerned with the supposed faults of Israel, and encourage the Arab and Muslim world to begin acting like they want peace as bad as Israel does.

But, I digress….

What is NASA’s Mission Statement:

  • To improve life here,
  • To extend life to there,
  • To find life beyond.3

Well, I sure don’t see a lot there that would give NASA leniency “to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good…” Maybe, it’s in their Vision statement:

To understand and protect our home planet, To explore the Universe and search for life, and To inspire the next generation of explorers… as only NASA can.4

Well, that didn’t help either.

Show why don’t we just wrap this up by stating this is just another bad idea, by our incompetent president who doesn’t know how to run anything. He sure knows how to campaign, but when it comes to running a government, a corporation or anything else for that matter; he is simply clueless in Washington.

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1 “NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World”, FOXNews.com, © 2010, retrieved July 5, 2010 from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/05/nasa-chief-frontier-better-relations-muslims/

2 “Muslim Contribution to Modern Science Highly Questionable”, Haroon Cambel, IslamOnline.net, © 2010, from http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&pagename=Zone-English-HealthScience/HSELayout&cid=1157962460571

3 “NASA Mission Statement”, NASA Ames Conference Center website, from http://naccenter.arc.nasa.gov/NASAMission.html

4 Ibid

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One Response to “NASA, Diplomacy & Muslims”

  1. Bobbie says:

    I was so angry when I watched the video with that man from NASA! What a crock of crap!!!

    All those billions of dollars to make Muslims feel sooo good about themselves!

    This man HAS to be impeached! I hope we have enough in Congress to do such in November! HE has to go!

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