Update: As reported in the comments earlier the news is now verified. Breaking. First day of RNC cancelled due to weather. The Republican convention scheduled to begin on Monday will now effectively begin on Tuesday.
The weather will take the blame, but the real culprit is Big Media.
As the storms we have discussed are about to break it is important to take a few moments to mourn the death of Neil Armstrong.
Neil Armstrong was the first of our kind to brand a celestial body with the kiss of curiosity from the human race. That declaration of childlike desire to learn was made with a very famous footstep.
To get to the moon Neil Armstrong entered what amounts to a small capsular room. Beneath that small capsule was stored a massive column of explosive material which when lit, flung in a “controlled” way, the small metallic room into the cold space beyond the protective realm of Mother Earth.
It was on July 1969 that the Eagle landed on Tranquility Base. Neil Armstrong never flew on a spacecraft again after that mission.
Neil Armstrong is and forever will be an American hero and a hero to all humanity. But it is not solely what he did on the moon that July of 1969 that we should remember. Today it is important to acknowledge the other great gift Neil Armstrong gave us, something now abandoned – dignity and a model of appropriateness.
As the somewhat reliable Wikipedia informs:
“He accepted a teaching position in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, having decided on Cincinnati over other universities, including his alma mater, Purdue, because it had a small Aerospace department; he hoped that the faculty members would not be annoyed that he came straight into a professorship with only the USC master’s degree.”
That bit of genuine modesty contrasts with the garish celebrity seeking of certain people who “lead” this country down the wrong path. Neil Armstrong did not appear with celebrity basket ball players, the cheap glitter that passes for Hollywood celebrity, or affixed his face to every monstrosity product.
Neil Armstrong could have “leveraged” his worldwide renown into stratospheric commercial profits. Neil Armstrong could have run for political office. Neil Armstrong could have become a political force by becoming an endorsement machine. But instead of thinking of his personal wealth and only his personal wealth Neil Armstrong made us all richer.
Neil Armstrong deserves to be remembered because he represented all of us. He could have used his power to divide. But instead he represented us and did nothing to divide us.
We’ll be, appropriately it seems to us, be called hypocrites for noting how the unifying force that was Neil Armstrong contrasts so sharply with certain persons for whom celebrity is the be all and end all. Fair enough. That’s how far we have fallen.
Neil Armstrong represented something that was the best in all of us. Soon his physical remains will be interred into the Earth from which he once slipped away.