Friday, April 17, 2009

Severed Dreams?

In Heinlein's THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS the protagonists join a rebellion of lunar settlers against an oppressive Earth government. Today part of that Sci Fi dream has come true--in Houston we are building hardware and working toward settlement of the Moon. Previously this blog has written about a real dark energy, The End of Free Speech? This has been manifested in large ways and small, from outright censorship to stopping scientists at borders. Today's news suggests that events are already in motion.

April 15, 2009 may be remembered as one of those days. The US Department of Homeland Security spread a report identifying veterans and others who disagreed with the government as potential terrorists. Among the many sins listed in the report was "rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority." On the same day an unknown number of people held "Tea Party" protests in commemoration of Boston 1773. Joining the protesters was none other than Texas Governor Rick Perry:

"Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that. My hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come out of that."

The writer grew up with BABYLON 5 and had the good fortune to meet some of the actors. We can recall the "Severed Dreams" episode and Captain Sheridan's speech:

"President Clarke has violated the Earth Alliance constitution, by dissolving the senate, declaring martial law and personally ordering the bombing of civilian targets on the Mars Colony. He is personally responsible, for the deaths of hundreds of innocent people. Following these attacks, Orion 7 and Proxima 3 have broken away from the Earth Alliance and declared independence. Babylon 5 now joins with them. As of this moment, Babylon 5 is seceding from the Earth Alliance. We will remain an independent state, until President Clarke is removed from office."

Long before the Moon declares independence, the State of Texas could do so first. It worked for Australia and New Zealand.

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