Current Affairs

Moon Landing Victory and Politics

Yatindra Bhatnagar

America’s landing on the moon (July 20, 1969) was a great stride in exploring the vast space and a big victory for the country in the race. Moon-landing was a great event for the United States government, NASA and the American people who were, and are still, proud of that outstanding success. Indeed the whole world recognizes it as a big scientific achievement.

Robert M. Nelson, the eminent astrophysicist, hailed the success in his guest opinion in Pasadena Weekly (July 18),  but has deliberately injected partisan politics into it. He termed it as a ‘victory for Democratic Socialism.’ He did not stop there; he labeled NASA as a Democratic Socialist endeavor. Mr. Nelson would not admit that the democratic socialism (another name for Communism) has failed in the nation of its birth – the Soviet Union – and exists in name only in the so-called ‘Peoples Republic’ of China. It’s thriving nowhere but Nelson still boasts of ‘Democratic Socialism.’

Nelson’s writing is a passionate effort to follow a loudmouthed section and turn the Democratic Party into a Socialist-Communist organization for perceived electoral gains. This is exactly what the then Soviet Union did while hailing Yuri Gagarin’s 1961 space orbit as the ‘success of Communism (socialism).’ Of course, that failed miserably in 1989-91 with the break-up of the entire Soviet bloc.

American greatness and Moon-Landing are the result of free enterprise, hard work, dedication, patriotism of the American people and the concept of ‘less government.’ America doesn’t need Democratic Socialism, more government controls, open borders, outright condemnation of the American way of life, non-stop fighting the President and blasting the nation’s staunch allies.

But what can you do? The so-called progressive section in the Democratic Party is bent upon its dream of establishing a Democratic Socialist United States of America. Let those people dream on –but with dreams like that they are bound to  wake up with a rude shock in not too distant future.