TO BOLDLY GO: Leonard Nimoy’s Passing Reminds Us ‘Star Trek’ Might Hold Some Lessons for America’s Government

Written by Candace Hardin on March 3, 2015

Last week we lost an actor who portrayed a beloved character on the series, et al, of Star Trek.

Leonard Nimoy played Mr. Spock in the Gene Roddenberry created series that ran from September of 1966 to June of 1969. He would later reprise his character in the Star Trek movies that followed.

He will be missed, not only for his portrayal of Spock, but for his photography, and for me, his hosting of the very interesting mystery show, In Search Of, which ran from 1976 to 1982.

What is most logical is the Gene Roddenberry concept that was the basis of Star Trek.

Star Fleet and the Federation of Planets came together in this mythical future time to bring peace and order, not only to earth, but to entire solar systems and peoples. Everyone in the Federation set aside their differences for the greater good of the Universe.

Alliances were honored, treaties written and science prevailed to answer the questions of the Universe and its inhabitants.

On a starship, there were protocols in place when a leader went rogue or lost his or her ability to command.

Regulation 619 states that “a commanding officer must relieve themselves of their command, if their current mission leaves them emotionally compromised and unable to make rational decisions.”

Star Fleet and the Federation of Planets was a fiction created by an author, but wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to have an honor code in our elected officials and the administration that leads them?

In an interview that was designed to further mislead the public on the Keystone Pipeline, the president continued to rack up “Pinocchios” on the feasibility and benefits transporting the Canadian oil sands would bring.

It has been reported by the Kuwaiti Press that the president would bomb any Israeli aircraft that retaliated against Iran for its nuclear capability. There is some talk within the White House spokesperson that this is untrue, but the story has traveled back and forth, so who can say?

The freshman Republicans that were elected to a majority in 2014 have shown themselves as not able to hear and understand the American Public and its wishes.

The majority of the freshman (barring a few that are now called “rebels.”) voted to retain Boehner as Speaker of the House, even though the public wished for some fresh blood as Speaker.

Another betrayal is their willingness to play along, sugarcoat and subterfuge their efforts to go along with the immigration debacle that is clearly not something the American People want to pass.

So, as these elected officials and the current administration are exhibiting signs of being emotionally compromised by their own agendas and selfish aims, they should be relieved of duty as they are unfit to lead or command.

Very few seem to be able to make rational decisions based on the REASON they were duly elected and sent to Washington.

Americans and our allies are suffering the consequences of this Ivory Tower mentality and lack of follow through on what they undoubtedly know are the wishes of We the People!

Too bad there is little to no honor in today’s system and those who try to do what the voting public would wish are being called, “Rebels”.

Perhaps, almost all should be relieved of duty?



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Candace Hardin
Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on and has a blog, Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.