Remember back when we looked up to Astronauts as chew-steel-spit-nails top-tier badasses? Political correctness just knocked down another masculine hero archtype.
Can you imagine Buzz Aldrin ever apologizing for quoting the Great Sir Winston Churchill?
It wasn’t that long ago that Buzz gave Hollywood hell for excluding the American Flag from the moon landing flick.
That same article shares how he starts and ends each day with his own private flag ceremony.
Would such a great man publicly apologize for quoting Churchill?
Today’s crop of Astronauts are not like yesterday’s. We’ve got one guy who just did exactly that.
He quoted Churchill on Twitter. And was quickly shamed into removing it with an apology.
Did not mean to offend by quoting Churchill. My apologies. I will go and educate myself further on his atrocities, racist views which I do not support. My point was we need to come together as one nation. We are all Americans. That should transcend partisan politics.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) October 7, 2018
So, the one guy who saw Hilter as an existential threat to Europe (and Western Civilization as a whole), who stood with unrelenting tenacity against a seemingly invincible foe, who rallied the world to a righteous cause against one of the worst regimes in history, and whose speeches will stand for as long as we have an English language among the greatest and most poignant ever uttered in the language…
… and a few short generations later, we have an astronaut apologizing for citing his words on social media?
Has it really come to this? Do they expect us to just stick a fork in Western Civilization, then?
The difference between great men and lesser men is the magnitude of their mistakes. Ordinary men will make ‘safe mistakes’. Great men will likely make bigger and (often) costlier ones.
But that in no way diminishes this great man’s many, MANY accomplishments, spanning both wartime and peacetime.
To write him off because he’s politically unsavory is to say we cannot have any heroes whatsoever.
It does no good to rob a nation of its heroes. They are not merely the personification of a nations triumphs and failures, they are more than that.
National heroes (male and female) provide their countrymen a template of greatness and excellence that inspires others to pursue similar greatness in themselves.
The only people who would benefit from quenching that spark are those who prefer general mediocrity to individual greatness.
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