Long before he became president of the United States, Ronald Reagan spoke of America as “the last best hope for man on earth.” His point was urgent then, and remains urgent now.
Not too long ago two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are! I had someplace to escape to.” In that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.
As a Tea Party activist, this is a point I make frequently. History is replete with tales of exodus, where a people packed up and left their homeland, never to return, in search of a place where they might be free. The time we live in is unique, because there is no where else to flee. Every habitable corner of the world is claimed. Therefore, we must confront tyranny and defeat it.
While that argument remains relevant, news has surfaced that a select few among us may reclaim the exodus option. The Daily Mail reports:
Nasa is planning an audacious mission to send a manned spacecraft on a one-way trip to permanently settle on other planets.
The ambitious idea is known as the Hundred Years Starship and would send astronauts to colonise planets like Mars, knowing they could never come home.
NASA Ames Director Pete Worden revealed that one of NASA’s main research centres, Ames Research Centre, has received £1million funding to start work on the project.
The research team has also received an additional $100,000 from Nasa.
‘You heard it here,” Worden said at ‘Long Conversation,’ an event in San Francisco. ‘We also hope to inveigle some billionaires to form a Hundred Year Starship fund.’