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Richard Davis: Remembering and recognizing America's ability to achieve

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 23, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    "This is a time to remember what Americans - united, resolute, bravely facing the future; can achieve - if we wish to do so."

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    Agreed.

    What "party" won WWII?
    What "party" produced the Manhatten Project, and Nuclear Power?
    What "party" built Hoover, Grand Coulee, Glen Canyon, etc. Dams?
    What "party" put a man on the moon?
    What "party" invented the Internet?

    E pluibus Unum
    United we stand, divided we fall.

    [Answer to the questions above: Not to divert, but that would be Democrat.]

  • chilly Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    "The Obama administration would like to put humans on an asteroid by 2025 and to launch a Mars mission by the 2030s."

    I nominate Richard Davis for Captain of the first asteroid or Mars mission launched by this administration.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 23, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    I would like to see a concerted national effort more down to earth next time (pun intended).

    I will never forget that joyous Sunday night as I watched on the family's 1950s vintage black and white Motorola as Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface where the stars and stripes were planted. It was a thrilling moment with Walter Cronkite at the anchor desk making no effort to contain his gleeful exuberance in our great national achievement born of the Cold War’s U.S. and Soviet competition for technological supremacy with the entire world as the audience cheering us on.

    I don’t know if I’ll ever see a moment like that again. It takes something big to motivate us to commit ourselves to such an undertaking. But there are challenges ahead for us.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Chihuahua, 00
    July 23, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    LDS Liberal

    What party Nuked Japan and formed Concentration camps?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 23, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    Yea well all it is now.. is a memory .... since Obama gave the AX to NASA....but we do have lots more freeloaders getting food stamps and dishonest disability now with money that was used to "give us the ability to acheive". America's days of leading the world are over.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 23, 2014 12:27 p.m.

    LD_ liberal

    I didn't know only members of one party enlisted in the arms services, paid taxes, bought war bonds, were drafted, worked in defense industries, and made other monumental sacrifices to defeat the nazis and imperial Japan.

    I DO know that a dem POTUS messing with labor and compensation during WWII led to health insurance being connected with employment

    I DO know a dem POTUS forced thousands of US citizens into concentration camps

    I DO know that a dem POTUS surrendered eastern Europe to the Soviets, forcing two generations to live in servitude to Russian tyrants.

    I DO know that the current dem POTUS is the most divisive and partisan POTUS since James Buchannan, if not in our history. Is that why you shamelessly promote him, you WANT us to fall?

    I DO know when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon the GOP had the whitehouse

    I DO know a one-time dem POTUS nominee CLAIMED to have invented the internet

    I DO know a dem POTUS resegregated the armed forces prior to WWI

    etc, ad infinitum

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 23, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    I’d say the closest achievement to landing a man on the moon was completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. It may not seem like such a big deal today but being able to travel by rail from the Atlantic to the Pacific in about a week was just over six decades after the Lewis and Clark expedition that took three years.

    Just over six decades is also the time between the Wright brother’s first air flight and Armstrong setting foot on the moon. In 1969, there were people living who were old enough to remember both events.

    What equivalent feat might lie ahead for us? I can’t even imagine.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2014 12:53 p.m.

    But now it has been decided that we can no longer pay taxes, especially the wealthy. Many complain that our taxes keep going up and up, when the opposite is true. Ever since Reagan the complainers have held sway. The good old days are not coming back.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 23, 2014 3:28 p.m.

    re:mcclark

    America's corporate tax is the highest among all of our trading partners in the world and is THE main reason why more and more product is being moved over seas. Irelands corporate tax is around 11% compared to America's 36%. America's corporate tax is the highest it has ever been in recent memory.

    so much for taxes going down huh. Get your facts straight.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    July 23, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    lds liberal

    Uh, it was Richard Nixons name on the plaque along with Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins for the Apollo 11 moon landing. And remember just who those astronauts were. Military guys. People largely reviled by the "liberals" of the day. In fact if one wants to find the biggest group of people who don't remember where they were when the moon landing happened, one need look no further than the draft dodging/protesting/Haight Ashbury/hippy generation of that time. Nevertheless, no one party can really take credit for all of the greatness achieved as the time it takes and money allocated requires both parties to be part of it.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 23, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    re:Anti Bush-Obama

    What party nuked Japan and formed concentration camps? Would you have rather lost over a million projected American lives with an invasion of the Japan main land? As far as the concentration camps go - put your self into 1940's America that was just attacked by the Japanese at Perl Harbor. A big chunk of your pacific fleet was destroyed along with 3000 Americas and you feared for your freedom as a nation....to suggest you too wouldnt be just a bit parinoid is being untruthful and you know it.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2014 6:29 p.m.

    "Patriot" Corporate taxes are a joke, there are so many loopholes that GE paid no taxes last year. When Ike was President the top tax rate was 75%, The main reason for our debt is the Bush tax cuts, and the unfunded Iraq war. My facts are straight thank you.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2014 9:01 p.m.

    Re: Chilly "I nominate Richard Davis for Captain of the first asteroid or Mars mission launched by this administration."

    No, I want to go, are you kidding? Who could pass up an opportunity like that?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2014 9:05 p.m.

    RE: Craig Clark "I’d say the closest achievement to landing a man on the moon was completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. It may not seem like such a big deal today..."

    But it was a big deal, as big as going to the moon. Some years back a book was written with the title "The Railroads and the Space Program" which made that very point.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 23, 2014 9:37 p.m.

    @happy2bhere
    clearfield, UT

    lds liberal

    Uh, it was Richard Nixons name on the plaque along with Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins for the Apollo 11 moon landing. And remember just who those astronauts were. Military guys. People largely reviled by the "liberals" of the day.

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    Um,
    Nixon walked in on it.
    [He didn't make it happen in the 5 months he'd been in office]
    The entire Apollo Project was JFK's -- ALL of it.

    And as for those Haight Ashbury LIBERAL hippies you so despised --
    I was/am one of THEM,
    and
    I'm also Vietnam era Veteran.

    BTW -- YOU'RE welcome!

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 24, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    marxist
    Salt Lake City, UT

    RE: Craig Clark "I’d say the closest achievement to landing a man on the moon was completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. It may not seem like such a big deal today..."

    But it was a big deal, as big as going to the moon. Some years back a book was written with the title "The Railroads and the Space Program" which made that very point.
    ______________________________

    You might want to reread my post a bit more thoroughly. Just a suggestion.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    July 24, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    Until the vast majority of Americans follow the admonition of the darling of the left (JFK) who said "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" our country will continue its steady decline. All the big things this country did were done with effort, sacrifice, and co-operation.

    Too many people want to take more out of the system than they put in. This applies to the able-bodied guy on welfare and to the overpaid CEO who bails out of a failed company with a golden parachute. There is plenty of blame to go around from all sides of the political spectrum.

    We need more doers and less takers. Safety nets are needed to help the poor, the uneducated, and the truly disabled, but too many refuse to even try to pull themselves above their current station. Too many with resources refuse to use them to help others get opportunities. (BTW: The solution is not to just take most of their resources from them by force and just give them to others.)