On March 23, 2017, just two months into his presidency, President Trump reflected on the power of the human mind and on the great promise of this nation, in a five-minute Weekly Address on America's space program and the achievements of the Hubble Space Telescope: "For 10 days, during Christmas of 1995, Hubble stared into the abyss, seeking whatever light it could glean from the darkness... In that tiny patch of sky, the Hubble Deep Field showed thousands of lights. Each brilliant spot represented not a single star, but an entire galaxy... But the unforgettable image did not satisfy our deep hunger for knowledge. It increased evermore and even more. And reminded us, how much we do not know about space—frankly, how we do not know about life."
It is fitting that this Christmas Day saw the launch of the James Webb Telescope which will extend our reach into space and time, many times over. This uniquely human quality of man discovering the universe and acting is what the enemy fears, whether it is embodied in the space program, in Donald Trump, or in the citizens movement which has emerged over this past year and has refused to be vanquished.