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Astronomers tell us what smarter humans might be exploring in 50 or 100 years

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“Astronomers have discovered a distant “twin” solar system which looks very similar to our own. So far researchers have identified two planets very similar to Jupiter and Saturn, which orbit a star about half the size of the Sun around 5,000 light-years away.”

I know President Bush unveiled a plan for an extended human presence on the Moon back in January of 2004, but it would take a far more capable brain to implement such a plan. His “vision” had completion dates from 2010-2020, which baffles me because we’ll be free and clear of his administration on January 20, 2009 at noon. The beautiful prospects some of the most brilliant researchers in the astronomy community have brought to light could never be brought to fruition during an administration that sees war as a solution for anything, beating the war drum as a way to rally the population and partisan politics run rampant as a way of getting things done.

We need an administration that places progress before redress, to peace as the solution and diplomacy as the path. For any believers, think of this as leading by example. Nobody is swayed by believer with pushy views and extreme dogma, we just want to feel better in life. If religion, or democracy, will bring that to people it will be through an example set. No amount of force or policy can change that reality.

We need an administration that doesn’t think exporting democracy means establishing pro-West regimes in every nation that has drastically different views than we do. Keep in mind, the world’s two largest Muslim nations have already had female leaders (Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan and Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesia). That should tell us they have already opened a bit to some changes. Time will tell on many others.

We need an administration capable of balancing the budget, cracking down on excessive spending, fixing the tax structure and re-evaluating agencies under the federal umbrella with no jurisdictional claims whatsoever. We must have better government, or consider having those astronomers deliver their findings in cartoon format. Learning from history seems to be too much to ask.

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