What's more important?
Preserving high power rocketry or being right?
There was once a man who loved to call 911. He called 80-90 times a
day, which did not endear him to the 911 workers.
He was charged with abuse of 911 and ordered to appear in court. On
the court date, he stated that he had no lawyer and asked the judge to
have one appointed. The judge postponed the trial. The man was free to
leave the courtroom that day. Given the case load of the public
defenders and how low priority this case was, he would almost
certainly remain free forever.
The man, as he prepared to leave, asked to borrow the judge's phone.
The judge, being a nice guy, agreed.
What happens next in that story depends on who the man called, doesn't
So my question to us, as the rocketry community is:
Who are we going to call?
Are we going to call our congressmen? Are we going to call the talk
shows? Are we going to write letters to the newspaper? Are we going to
do something to preserve our rights?
Or are we going to call each other names? Are we going to whine about
things that happened 20 years ago, 10 years ago, or even last year?
If we do not hang together, we will certainly all hang separately.
What's it going to be, folks?
Heck, even if you'd rather sit around and whine about the past, you
ought to shut up for a few years so that high power rocketry will
continue. If HPR is shut down by the BATFE, you're not going to have
anyone to whine to.
At the same, there are certain people who might wish to do a little
soul searching. If you are a lightning rod for controversy, might it
be time to step aside so that you won't be a source of division?
Do I really think that anyone will put aside their petty desires for
the future of high power rocketry? Will people fight against the BATFE
than against their fellow rocketeers? Will people care more for their
own positions of power (snicker) than for the sake of the cause?
You know who the man called on the judge's phone don't you? You know
what happened next.
Is that how this whole thing is going to turn out?
18 years ago