Despite being a brilliant astrophysicist and a captivating television host, Neil deGrasse Tyson can still make a fool of himself on social media at the same rate as the rest of us. In response to the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the former “Cosmos” host tweeted out a globalist message meant to reduce America’s achievement 50 years ago to a “human achievement” free of any nationalist pride.
Sharing an image of the Apollo 11 mission patch with a bald eagle landing on the moon, Tyson said the following:
The Apollo 11 mission patch:
No American flag.
No space hardware.
No Astronaut names.
In that regard, unique among space emblems. Affirmation that walking on the Moon was an achievement of the human species, to be shared by all.
Except for the fact that the bald eagle (seen holding an olive branch) itself symbolizes America, given that it appears on the Great Seal of the United States of America, as it has since 1782. Here’s what VA.gov has to say about it:
The bald eagle has been the national bird of the United States since 1782, when it was placed with outspread wings on the Great Seal of our country. It appears in many government institutions and on official documents, making it the most pictured bird in all of America.
The eagle appears on the president’s flag, the mace of the House of Representatives, military insignia, and billions of one-dollar bills. The bald eagle first appeared as an American symbol on a Massachusetts copper cent coined in 1776. Since then it has appeared on the reverse side of many U.S. coins, notably the silver dollar, halfdollar and quarter, as well as the gold coins which were christened the eagle, half eagle, quarter eagle, and double eagle.
Interestingly, not all the Founding Fathers revered the bald eagle as a respectable sign for the United States. Benjamin Franklin, in fact, downright loathed it as an ignoble bird that represents the worst of humanity and preferred the turkey instead.
“I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character; like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy,” said Franklin. “The turkey is a much more respectable bird and withal a true, original native of America.”
Unsurprisingly, Neil deGrasse Tyson using the Apollo 11 moon landing to send a globalist message prompted scores of mockery on social media.
“‘We wanted to keep our three names off it because we wanted the design to be representative of everyone who had worked toward a lunar landing.’ ‘Jim Lovell suggested the eagle, the national bird of the United States, as the focus of the patch.’ Facts > Woke revisionism,” said one user.
“The Bald Eagle is one of the most recognizable symbols of the U.S. Swing and a miss,” said another.
“Yes that’s why they planted a Human Species flag on the moon,” said political commentator Stephen Miller.
To those who would say that the eagle holding the olive branch evoked a universal symbol of peace, NASA.gov said that astronaut Jim Lovell suggested the eagle as “the national bird of the United States.”
“Fellow astronaut Jim Lovell suggested the eagle, the national bird of the United States, as the focus of the patch,” says NASA. “The olive branch was suggested by Tom Wilson, a computer expert and the Apollo 11 simulator instructor, as a symbol of the peaceful expedition. The crew was delighted with that notion and Collins quickly modified the sketch to have the eagle carrying the olive branch in its beak.”