"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Still More Glorious American Universe

As I was flying around the beaches of Florida today in my one each T-6 Texan II, g-ing it up around vertical buildups, I heard a scratchy jet on the radio with the callsign "NASA."  I landed later and taxied by the NASA T-38 on our ramp.

Reminded me of this great man, and his rational optimism.  He was vocal about his belief that those who could not be rational and could not skeptically engage "authority" would be "up for grabs."

Here is to a still more glorious American dawn, if only we can get people to rationally question authority that lies and manipulates and misleads.  I can only hope that "there is really a new wave of reason, sweeping across America..."

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