Zachary Crippen: A defeat for Republicans in the short run; a victory for conservatives in the long run.
Brian Brown: National goals are precisely what keep people feeling lost and apathetic.
Zachary Crippen: Manned space isn’t on the agenda, nation-building has lost its appeal, and huge government programs are hardly conservative. But there are upsides to national goals.
President Obama’s recent speech regarding the death of Muammar Qaddafi expresses a confidence in enlightenment assumptions which, though unquestionably popular, perhaps shouldn’t be.