Most of us living here in Florida saw numerous reports about the planned launch of the gigantic SpaceX rocket. It was huge, close to 400 feet high, with over 33 rocket engines. It did launch, but then famously self-destructed after a couple of minutes. I mentioned this to a friend of mine who happens to be a rocket scientist. I asked him if this failure would seriously impact the SpaceX program. He smiled and said: “we learn more from our failures than our successes.” Then I read the following twitter from Elon Musk following this event:
Elon Musk on Twitter: “Congrats @SpaceX team on an exciting test launch of Starship! Learned a lot for next test launch in a few months. https://t.co/gswdFut1dK” / Twitter
Perhaps this explains why Elon Musk has accomplished so much. He views failure, not as a reason to stop, but rather as a reason for optimism. He could just be right; they may have needed this failure to pave the way for the future.
Today, failure is all around us. The left-wing radicals currently in charge of the Democratic Party are still pretending this is actually success, but most people recognize the truth. This is failure on a public scale almost unimaginable. Yet, at a time when the vast majority of Americans do not want Joe Biden to run for re-election, and his polling is in the tank, he not only is running, but few Democrats are also bothering to oppose him. The MSM is still granting him soft-ball interviews that he still manages to botch. One would have to be hopelessly naïve to think that our enemies are even remotely intimidated by him. This is a sad joke that just will not go away.
None of his policies are working. Does anyone really think he has united the country on any subject. The Economy? Crime? Gender equality? Prosperity? National Defense? Climate Change? Can anyone think of a subject where one can argue things are getting better? The only argument, ever, in favor of Joe Biden is that he is not Donald Trump. It remains the only argument today.
Elon Musk referred to the SpaceX explosion as “a rapid unscheduled disassembly before stage separation.” But at least Musk did not pretend this is what was wanted or expected. He recognized the failure; he just chooses to focus on learning from it rather than pretending it didn’t happen.
So, when describing the current state of our country, I will borrow from Mr. Musk. It is a rapid, unscheduled disassembly of everything that matters. The question no longer is whether or not there is failure, but rather whether we are prepared to learn anything from this disaster to prepare us for a better future.
I also have one additional observation. Those who focused solely on destroying Donald Trump failed to realize that in destroying him, they are destroying themselves. If they do manage to destroy Donald Trump, they will stand for nothing at all. We may not know who to trust, but we certainly know who we cannot possibly trust. The first step in failure analysis is to recognize failure.