Could NASA have faked the moon landings? Might what we have witnessed actually been nothing more than an elaborate hoax? Preposterous, you quip. After all, why would the US government propagate such lies? Moreover, what could be the possible motive?
Well comrades, if you're old enough to read this article, you're undoubtedly aware of the boundless conspiracy theories rolling around the ether. Some have merit, others border on the ridiculous. Predictably, for every conspiracy there are countless theorists, each expounding upon a variation of a theme.
The moon landings are a prime example, having become the stuff of modern folklore. As is clearly highlighted by the growing interest in the subject, many are now willing to risk their reputation in pursuit of the truth. At the very least, it makes for an entertaining read.
So then, my friends, what is this elusive truth? We really don't know, do we.
We know for certain however, that the US government is plenty capable of gross acts of deception. Yep pardners, round these parts, we propagate lies the way some folks grow corn by the bushel. And it goes way back. We in the states are long accustomed to the concept of accepting preposterous lies.
Take Santa, for example. Curse the rotten scoundrel who dares tell my grand-daughter the truth. We happen to be quite comfortable propagating that lie, so if you please, could I bother you for a glass of purple cool-aid. I hear there's plenty to go around.
Of course, the entire Alamo story was contrived by liars. We just prefer happy endings, which the real story was lacking. And then there's the whopper we tell our children to impress upon them the importance of telling the truth. I'm sure you know the one to which I refer. It involves a young future president owning up to chopping down a cherry tree, which in fact, is not indigenous to the region, having been brought into the country by the Chinese over a hundred years after George Washington crossed the Potomac. It's a lie, and a rather dumb one at that. Teach your children well.
Of course, in retrospect we all know now that George W. Bush and his cronies lied to us about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but over ninety percent of us eagerly bought into those lies. Another glass of purple cool-aid, if you please. And then there's the ridiculous single bullet theory' which quite frankly, one would have to be unusually stupid to believe. No chance, no way, do not pass go. Talk about implausible explanations, this has got to be the granddaddy of them all. It relates to the assassination of US president John Kennedy. I'll leave it to you to read the report and do the math. One needn't be a brain surgeon to realize it doesn't add up. Never did, never will.
So could the moon shots have been a lie as well? The accepted legal dictum refers to the establishment reasonable doubt'. Having personally conducted a dauntingly thorough investigation into the matter, I can honestly say I have reasonable doubt. There are far too many questions and far too few plausible explanations to discount the possibility out of hand. If this were a trial, I could not in good conscience conclude the US had indeed landed on the moon. The evidence supporting such claims are becoming increasingly suspect, and NASA has done little to answer the tough questions.
Of course, the government stands by their story, but is it in fact, nothing more? How could NASA have orchestrated such an outlandish hoax? Perhaps only a handful of people know what actually did or did not happen. Perhaps the rest of us will never know. It has long been standard operational procedure for the US government to ridicule or marginalize dissenting opinion. Challenge the status quo and rest assured, you'll soon find yourself relegated to the ranks of the lunatic fringe.
So then, the answer my comrades, is simple. Just shut up and drink your cool-aid like good little boys and girls. All the world needs now is yet another crazed conspiracy nut.
Oh, pardon me. I resemble that last remark.