Why We Can't Have Nice Things...

White House Budget Plan Would Slash Science

Why can't we have nice things? The article above references Trump's 2018 Budget proposal,

"Although details are skimpy, Trump’s $1.15 trillion budget proposal, released March 16, would make national security the top priority."

National Security as the top priority? Imagine that... In a country that spends more on national
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defense than any other country in the world.

We live in a country where our leaders are using the media to fuel people's fears, driving the country toward nationalism, populism, racism, and isolationism. So in order to do this, they remove the very underpinnings of what has made our country a world leader in the past...science. Instead of leading the industrialized world, we're taking steps toward the dark ages. We'll decrease funding to public schools, cut science programs, and keep the American people in the dark. Why? So they can make us more afraid. An uneducated person is easier to control. We're watching the authoritarian leadership style of this administration assert itself in ways most people in America never imagined.

On March 19th, Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted: "We all want to Make America Great Again. But that won't happen until we first Make America Smart Again." Never has a truer statement been made, but this will not happen under this administration. Smart people are dangerous..they think too much and as our illustrious leader has said in the past, "We love the poorly educated."

If we want to grow up, to be true leaders in the world, we must use our prosperity wisely and work toward the good of all mankind rather than building walls, walls around our country, walls around one another, and walls around our hearts and minds. Historically, walls have never accomplished anything other than isolating one people from the rest of the world.

Rather than building walls, let us build bridges, bridges to new ideas, bridges to new ways of
understanding, and bridges into new technologies that will allow us to protect the world we live in. Let us find new ways to understand our world and develop technological pathways to new worlds that will allow humanity to reach toward our greatest potential rather than digging our heads deeper into the sand to find new ways to kill one another.

Royce Sears