The fact that President Trump has begun to work with top Congressional Democrats since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in order to jointly achieve urgently-needed results for the American people, has been startling to many—but not to us. Lyndon LaRouche forecast on the occasion of his 90th birthday, just five years ago, that the “two-party system,” which was an abomination to the founders of our Constitution, was in process of being eliminated. A series of unprecedented events, totally unexpected by others, but forecast, in principle, by LaRouche, have brought us closer to that result today, than anyone else expected even as recently as just a few weeks ago!
One immediate result of this change is that it must help in the fight for Lyndon LaRouche’s Four Laws, starting with the restoration of the original Glass-Steagall Act, in a circumstance where this President campaigned for office pledging to restore that Act, while many leading Democrats are on record for it as well. This at a time when even the ultra-liberal Adam Smith Institute of Britain is warning of a near-term blowout of the financial system, as noted yesterday. The case could not be more urgent.
Still, the British are not going to give up on sinking this Presidency, as they never gave up on sinking Franklin Roosevelt. We must continue the campaign on the VIPS report exposing the fraud of Russiagate. Along the lines of the campaigns discussed at the Sept. 9 Manhattan EIR conference, the VIPS report should be read into the Congressional Record. President Trump should force his CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, to produce the relevant truthful documentation.
A beautiful illustration of the meaning and the inner consistency of Lyndon LaRouche’s Four New Laws of June, 2014, came to light in a Sept. 12 celebration in flood-ravaged Houston, which is reported by LaRouchePAC Policy Committee member Kesha Rogers below. As she writes, an unexpectedly huge crowd of 1,000 assembled at Rice University to celebrate President Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” of exactly 55 years earlier, and to hear Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise. Among other telling remarks, Col. Haise recalled how the Apollo program had reinvented itself from the ground up, after tragically losing the lives of the three Apollo 1 astronauts in a spacecraft fire on the ground in 1967. I would add here that their reinvention of themselves was so successful, that in all the subsequent space missions, not one single life was lost in space until the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster of 1986.
In their monograph on “The Apollo Tradition,” Bob Seamans and George Mueller, two top Apollo administrators, said that the program implemented after the Apollo 1 tragedy required that everyone in the program—about 30-40,000 people—was repeatedly required to reinvent themselves, as new, better, and more capable people, within an interdisciplinary team framework.
To say the same thing differently—they were able, at least for a period, to vanquish mediocrity. Mediocrity kills. Here the John Kennedy tradition, the Apollo tradition, finds its place within Lyndon LaRouche’s Four New Laws.
Lyndon LaRouche on his 90th birthday.
by Kesha Rogers
“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…”
Tuesday, September 12th, marked the 55th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s Rice Stadium “Moon Speech.” In celebration of that historic event which inspired so many, nearly 1,000 people piled into the Stude Concert Hall on the Rice University Campus. The event marking this historic date was titled, “Failure Is Not an Option: Embodying the Credo, We do This Not Because It Is Easy but Because It Is Hard.'” The featured guest speaker was Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise. Ellen Ochoa, Director of Johnson Space Center, also spoke during a brief moderated question-and-answer session along with Haise.
The President of Rice University, David Leebron, quoted in his opening remarks these very words uttered by President John F. Kennedy in his first lecture at Rice University on September 12, 1962:
“We meet at a college noted for knowledge, in a city noted for progress, in a state noted for strength, and we stand in need of all three, for we meet in an hour of change and challenge, in a decade of hope and fear, in an age of both knowledge and ignorance. The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds.” Mr. Leebron explained that in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey that had devastated the Texas region—as now Irma has done to the Florida coast— those words of John F. Kennedy were just as relevant today as they were when first heard 55 years ago.
A captive audience at Stude Hall Tuesday night.
Eighty-four year old astronaut Fred Haise gave an awe-inspiring speech to the packed crowd, which had exceeded everyone’s expectations for attendance. He spoke about the history of the United States’ manned space program, and the harrowing story of the Apollo 13 mission of 1970. Col. Haise was the Lunar Module pilot for Apollo 13. The mission of Apollo 13 had been to land in the Fra Mauro area of the Moon, but an explosion on board the spacecraft forced the crew to instead circle the Moon without landing, and the Fra Mauro site was reassigned to Apollo 14. In speaking about his experience aboard Apollo 13, Haise recounted the tragic loss of life on Apollo 1 in 1967, after a fire broke out in the cockpit as the spacecraft was sitting on the launch pad, killing all three astronauts. The lessons learned from that tragic event, and the commitment made then that “failure is not an option,” saved the lives of Haise and his crewmates later, as he explained. The sacrifice of those who had lost their lives before, may just have saved the lives of others after them.
I think that this is a notable lesson for today. Will we learn the lesson of Harvey? Will we build the infrastructure we need to ensure that not another life will be lost due to man-made error and negligence? So much has been lost, so many have sacrificed—how will we right the wrongs and make the new discoveries which will ensure a better future ahead?
I asked Col. Haise about the lessons that might be learned from the space program and Apollo, that would help to guide the nation during this period of crisis in the aftermath of the hurricanes. He responded by emphasizing the importance of having the right leader, the necessity of teamwork for rebuilding and infrastructure, and the need to put fully-adequate financial resources into that rebuilding—which can only come from a Federal mission, of the sort that Kennedy understood was needed to make Apollo a success. During the question-and-answer session, while Ochoa seemed to toe the line about NASA’s increasingly shifting to reliance on privatized space flight, Col. Haise bluntly pointed out these private companies only exist because of NASA, and, unlike NASA, if they don’t make a profit, they cease to have a mission.
Col. Haise concluded by highlighting the unique quality of human beings to make discoveries, unlike any animal. No pig or dolphin can build a spacecraft, he said, but you can. His speech was given a standing ovation, and the audience left the room greatly inspired, with great hope for the future.