Rediscovering ourselves

Watching movies like ‘Interstellar’, ‘the right stuff’ and ‘space cowboys’ have only highlighted the failings of government to me. NASA was born of bureaucracy, and it has died of bureaucracy. In fifty years, they never perfected space travel. They piggy backed off the designs of Nazi Germany’s scientists and never got away from rocket launching from the ground in order to get men into space. To this day, only several hundred people have ever traveled to the stars.

In just ten years, Virgin Galactic has revolutionized space travel. Burt Rutan’s revolutionary new designs have made space tourism a viable option in the not too distant future. Now, there have been casualties in pushing this envelope, as there always is. Many of progressive mindset have bashed Virgin Galactic in the last couple of weeks for the death of one of their test pilots, while saying that this sort of thing should be left to government experts. Are they referring to the same government experts who spent billions blowing up rockets trying to get them into space, and the many planes that went down trying to break the sound barrier? Lets not forget, that dozens of test pilots died trying to break the sound barrier, and that even with the space shuttle program, which was far from perfect, shuttles still exploded on the way up, and disintegrated on the way down, killing many of the few astronauts to go into space.

Burt Rutan, with a private enterprise backing, has done far more for space travel in the last decade, than any government agency has in the last half a century. This is a good thing, because America in particular as a nation is just now beginning to rediscover itself. The progressive mantra is slowly being pried away. We can see from the November 2014 elections that the heart of America fully and utterly rejects the democrats big government policies, headed by imperial president Barack Obama.

2014 map

While the nation has now almost completely gone red, the real battles are just now coming. Dinosaurs such as Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner have no right to be at the helm of the senate and house, their paid and patented antiquated back room deal ideology belongs on the scrap heap of history. America is beginning to rediscover Capitalism, and its place in our lives. It is Capitalism, the free market system, which spurs growth, which creates opportunities, which pushes us further than we’ve been before. It is capitalism which will take us to the stars, not soviet style big government

Americans, which the help of movies from Christopher Nolan, with constitutionalist tea party groups, and with alternative media, are rediscovering capitalism, and the fruits it bears. The republicans have swept the house and senate in such a way that has not been seen in nearly one hundred years. We now stand upon the precipice of an abyss or a great awakening. The abyss is in believing that the republicans will do what needs to be done on their own to scale back government. The great awakening is in keeping the pressure on them to roll back the reaches of government, and to allow free enterprise to once again blow the fires of industry throughout the land. We are standing on the edge of an abyss or a new renaissance. I know which one I choose. How about you?

We determine the culture each and every day, we decide which direction the country turns. We decide weather to squabble about our place in the dirt, or to reach for the stars. Each and every one of us is responsible for our own futures. In rediscovering ourselves, we reignite ourselves, we blaze a path for others to follow. The future is out there, lets go and create it!

Man of Steel – the best movie I have ever seen

Last night I went to the theater with my wife and my in-laws to go and watch the new superman movie. I knew from the previews that it was going to be good, and I hoped that it would be everything I wanted it to be. It was more. Man of Steel overnight has become my favorite movie of all time. I don’t think I’ll ever experience a movie in the same depth as I just witnessed this one last night.

Over the last decade I have taken my own ‘hero’s journey’ starting with the year that I met my wife. I picked up the courage to fly 4000 miles to meet her in another country, and eventually move here and become a US citizen. None of it was easy, and I had to grow as an individual to accomplish it.

The new Superman movie embodies the classic tale of the individual vs the collective. In ‘Man of Steel’ Kypton is destroyed by collectivism, by a planned society, where once it had flourished under expansion and individual achievements.

What I enjoyed the most about the movie was the philosophy behind it. It’s the classic hero vs villain story. General Zod represents a planned society where collectivism rules, and Superman represents the individual as the hero. “what if a child decides to become more than what society had intended for him”. The movie illustrates what can be achieved when individuals are allowed to expand and societies thrive. It also illustrates the pitiful of planned societies which are strangled by bureaucracy. Not only did it play homage to the original movies and comic books, but it set the stage for future movies like it. Even if you don’t read into the philosophy as deeply as I did, it’s still a great action movie, the audience around me actually clapped at the end of it.

If you have the time this weekend, I suggest you treat yourself to this once in a lifetime movie. As for me, I’m off to by the soundtrack, and don’t be surprised if you see me in the theater again watching it.