An Op-Ed posted on AmericaSpace concerning views about the Obama administration’s dramatic change in direction for America’s space program came under attack recently. However, rather than counter with a sound debate the person making the comments chose to insult, make assumptions and attack the author. “Melbourne Mel” stated that I should stop “whining” about being laid off, grow a “pair” and get a job. Few problems there – I wasn’t laid off with the thousands of others affected by President Obama’s bad decisions, I have not one but two jobs and my manhood is firmly in place – and that’s the problem.
Being an adult requires that you act with maturity and grace. Despite how passionate I am about the subject of manned space flight I would never stoop to the level that they did. I would debate them regarding the facts – not try to attack someone I do not know. They cannot do this – the facts are unquestionable (especially when links and video display the president’s actions for all to see). So instead? They choose to call names. This goes far beyond our small website.
CNN’s Joy Behar referred to Sharon Angle, Harry Reid’s opponent in the upcoming elections as a ‘b*tch.’ Angle, rather than stooping to Behar’s level, sent Behar flowers, which of course sent the immature Behar into yet another expletive-laden rant. California candidate Meg Whitman was referred to as a ‘wh*re’ by her opponent and lest we forget our ever-gaffe-ready Vice President called a frozen yogurt dealer a ‘smartass.’ Seriously? Why do we even consider listening to people that obviously are completely without any class? Is this who we want to represent us? To speak for us?
Whenever an article appears on AmericaSpace that concerns either space policy or the current NASA administration – it is instantly assaulted by spam attacks. What this says is those that support the change in NASA’s direction cannot emotionally deal with someone who has the audacity to disagree with them, the nerve to point out the flaws in their grand design. So they try to drown out the message. Really? Is this how the party of ‘Hope and Change’ handles civil discourse? If so, I think the segment of the American public that enjoys a civil, mature debate on the issues, those of us that want our nation to be defined by dignity and class – should work toward real change and let these folks know that we have tolerated their failed policies and immature antics long enough.