Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind (or the herstory of humankind? No wait, that’s still not gender-neutral and non-species-ist. In the entirety of carbon-based-lifeformdom? Would that pass muster in Berkeley?)
The reason for cluttering up such an important topic with a lot of ridiculous PC gibberish is because that’s apparently what we’re now supposed to do, according to those once great newspapers, the New York Times and the Washington Post. As we prepare to celebrate the half-century mark of the astounding accomplishment of putting Americans on the moon and bringing them home safely, the liberal press seems chiefly concerned with the races and genders of the astronauts and technicians, and comparing America unfavorably to the admirable “wokeness” of the Soviet Union's space program.
Sure, America might have gone to the moon in peace for all mankind, but that was just a giant leap for “white MAN-kind,” so it didn’t count. The USSR is to be admired more because while they never reached the moon, they used more women and minorities in the space efforts they made in between invading other countries and oppressing and starving the masses there.
I could have linked to a serious news item about this, but I chose Jim Treacher’s write-up because he not only includes both papers’ stories, but he drenched this in the buckets full of sarcasm that both papers deserved.
If you wonder why many Republicans don’t take the “racist” cries against Trump seriously, it’s not because we don’t take racism seriously (after all, we did fight a bloody Civil War to force Democrats to free their slaves.) It’s because we have something in common with the moon landing: we’re observing half a century of Democrats falsely accusing every prominent Republican of being racist. The constant slander has eroded the power of an accusation so serious that it should never be made lightly, because doing so harms not only the target but all of society.
Oh well, at least WaPo and the Times didn’t think the first man (or to be precise: American) on the moon was John Glenn, the way the New York Daily News did (linking to a screenshot of that tweet because - surprise! - the Daily News has since deleted it.) If Trump had tweeted this, how many stories would the Daily News and all the rest have run about him being a senile moron who should be impeached?