04-10-2017, 06:41 PM
Why is that exactly? The same justification used to be appealed to for war heroes also. As far as being an astronaut, it was a state appartus that chose him to be one of the original seven astronauts, using criteria that reinforced the notion that the state was essential - given that I'd almost expect him to be a proponent of the state. I mean, I'm sure that there were many liberty-loving astronaut candidates who were turned away simply because they didn't fit the state-approved image.