Challenger Deep

Posted by on May 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Challenger Deep

I was looking at some historical speeches today and I happened to catch one I’d never heard before, but has quite a lot of childhood emotion wrapped up in it for me: Reagan’s speech following the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle.

It’s striking to me, while I’m no fan of Reagan’s in particular, that his love for this country and its institutions is so obvious in every line.

And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.

There’s an attempt to restore normalcy and comfort in his words which we just don’t see from our current president. If something tragic like this happened on his watch there wouldn’t be anything like this speech to remind all of us that we will survive and move past this.

On a purely artistic level, I hate that our current president has brought the discourse in our country so low. There’s an artistry to Reagan’s speech, a dedication to communication and good writing. While I’m under no illusion that Reagan wrote these words himself, at least he cared enough about language to hire someone who wrote well and was competent enough to deliver the lines properly.

I’ve never considered myself a patriot. Sure, I love my country but I’m not the flag waving kind. So I’m confused why the people who so boldly claim patriotism can’t see how much disdain our current president has for everything our country is founded on. He’s upfront about wanting to destroy all of our institutions. His rhetoric is hateful and ugly, and that’s on top of his speeches just being aesthetically garbage.

I guess I’m shocked that the same party that gave us Reagan has now given us this. There’s no love, no artistry. Everything is fear and it hurts my heart.

-C

 

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