Marion Pellicano Ambrose
I’m worried; worried, dismayed and disappointed. I was raised in an America that was the envy of the rest of the world. We were respected by our allies and feared by our enemies. Our people could work hard and achieve a good, stable life for themselves and the promise of a better one for their children. It wasn’t just a myth; I know because I lived it!
As a child, I felt safe in my home, my school and my neighborhood. I could grow up to be whatever I wanted as long as I was willing to work hard and stay focused. I knew that my country would do whatever necessary to keep me free and protect me from danger, both foreign and domestic. Even through the Vietnam War, I was secure in the knowledge that we would overcome!Children today have no such luxury. They worry about nuclear war, attacks on our homeland, terrorism and more. They don’t know if they’ll have the opportunity to go to college or even have a home with the economy the way it is. Will there be Social Security for them? Will there be jobs? Will there even be democracy as we know it for them?
I read today that China is building the biggest and most advanced Rocket Launching Facility in the world. It has also stepped up its Space and Technology Program to the point that maybe we should all be a little worried. A report from the US Secretary of defense stated that “China's escalating expertise in space is also enhancing its competence as a global military force. Along with lofting future radar, ocean surveillance, and high-resolution photoreconnaissance satellites, China's rise as a space power also includes pursuit of an offensive anti-satellite system.” (Space.com)
So why are we cutting defense programs and scaling back on our Space Program? Do we really want to have to depend on Russia to “give us a lift” to the Space Station? Maybe I’m being naïve but I feel like we’re going to be like fish in a barrel, if you know what I mean. Am I the only one worried about the loss of respect and fear our country once inspired? Help me to understand what’s happening here! I’d love your comments and opinions on this matter. Am I being naïve? Am I misinformed? I’d be happy to learn that I am both!