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Jeb Bush Thinks Moon Colonies Would Be Cool

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Liberals love science. I know this because they never shut up about how much they love science. They can’t get enough of the great scientific minds of our time, like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye and Seth MacFarlane. They love The Martian. They buy t-shirts that say “I F***ing Love Science!” They’re very serious people.

Of course, to them the word “science” means “whatever I’m told by the high priests I choose to believe, which I loudly repeat in order to signal to my peer group that I’m not an outcast.” So, when one of those evil Republicans says anything about f***ing loving science, our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the media must put them in their place.

Matt Flegenheimer, NYT:

Moon Colony Idea No Lunacy, Says a Starry-Eyed Jeb Bush

It was among the most memorable campaign pledges of the 2012 presidential race: In a Newt Gingrich administration, the onetime House speaker vowed, the United States would colonize the moon.

Debate audiences laughed. So did some competitors. But at least one viewer, it seems, was moved by the cosmic challenge: Jeb Bush.

Campaigning in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Mr. Bush professed a soft spot for the idea. “People started laughing,” he told voters at a town hall-style event, recalling Mr. Gingrich’s remarks. “And I’m thinking, ‘Really?’ I think it’s pretty cool.”

I do too. What’s wrong with that?

Obama yammers about algae-powered cars, and he’s a genius. Jeb Bush thinks it would be cool to colonize the moon, and he gets a jokey, sneering write-up in the NYT.

I don’t know if we’re still teaching it in public schools, but America has sent men to the moon. Twelve of them, to be exact. (No women, though. Which is, of course, problematic.) And we did it before most of Obama’s rapidly dwindling fanbase was even born.

Of course, now NASA has been repurposed as a Muslim-outreach program. But is it really so crazy to want America to start doing awesome space stuff again? How can we rescue Matt Damon if we don’t send him out there in the first place?

Sneering at the dumb Republican for being optimistic about space exploration is just gaslighting. It’s like what they’re doing to Ben Carson for wishing the Jews had been able to fight back against the Holocaust. If a Democrat said it, nobody would blink an eye. A Republican says it, though, and everybody has to act like it’s nuts.

We can finally get an Egg McMuffin after 10:30 in the morning, but we can’t put a man on the moon?