Good Morning, God!
I was VERY surprised to learn that all Chinese journalist were barred from attending the launch of our space shuttle last week. Had I missed some major new event? Was China no longer a “friend?”
It turned out that Congressman Frank Wolf from Virginia is NOT a friend of China, and he is sufficiently powerful to have put an amendment into our Federal Budget that forbids any money allocated to NASA by congress from being used to: “develop, design, plan, promulgate, implement or execute a bilateral policy, program, order, or contract of any kind to participate, collaborate, or coordinate bilaterally in any way with China or any Chinese-owned company.”
Hmm. Why would he do that? True, the Chinese are putting up their own space station — I guess that’s instead of helping with the International Space Station. Are the Chinese worried about their “secrets”, too? I looked a little tiny bit deeper and apparently the congressman might be concerned about us partnering with China to go to Mars. Going to Mars? I would be happy to go to Mars with the Chinese, the Brazilians, the Indians and any other assorted humans who were eager to go.
But, then, I suspect, God, that I am not properly “fearful.” In Science progress comes about by SHARING what is learned. Somehow in Politics it is all about WINNING. But, the problems we face are not a GAME, God. I think of Benjamin Franklin’s statement — “If we do not hang together, we shall most assuredly hang separately.” Please help us God. Help us ALL to work together.