Former Speaker of the House and now candidate for President of the United States Newt Gingrich said in a speech on the stump in Florida that by the end of his second term American presence on the Moon would again be realized with a permanent lunar base. The Speaker was lambasted by fellow Republicans like Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and even Rick Santorum for having big, unrealizable ideas and promising something he couldn't possibly deliver on. The media also got onboard the bash grandiose Newt train as well mocking the Speaker for being a blowhard and thinking bigger than our pocket-book could afford.
I don't understand why thinking big is considered crazy or wacky these days. The U.S. has always been a nation of grandiose plans and big ideas that seemed "out there" at the time they were spoken but, as a nation, we never shrank from seeing the possibilities or potentials in those "big" ideas.
I remember another crazy, big thinker, who on his inauguration day in 1960 said that we would place a man on the moon before the end of that decade. I'm sure there where plenty of small-minded people then who were naysayers, throwing up objections like, "how we suppose to pay for these big, overblown ideas?" How can we possibly do this in less then 10 years?; etc, etc. I know there were those who thought and said these things because I was there and heard these little minds blab on with their negativity, lack of insight and inspiration. But we did do it before the end of that decade and we succeeded with technology that had less computing power then a commodore 64 gaming computer. Have we lost our greatness, our ability to think big? To some degree I think so because we are being brainwashed by a media and left-winged government that instead of saying "We Can" slobbers out "We Dare Not Even Think It." Sad, very, very sad.