The following is the second draft of the Mission Statement. While I think it's critical to get the wording right, I don't want to spend too much more time on this as there's a LOT that needs to be done. Overall, I think it's close to final, but the bullets definitely need work.
I want to thank everyone for their input and I look forward to your comments.
SaveNASA Mission Statement
America’s space program is much more than spacewalks and taking pretty pictures of planets and stars, it is a critical component of our national culture, economy and national security. It is also the birthplace of ideas that inspire us not only to dream the impossible, but to dare to achieve it.
Unfortunately, the United States is faced with daunting financial challenges, the most severe in generations, which will almost certainly impact NASA’s budget. While we, the members of SaveNASA, acknowledge this cold reality, we also believe that the United States of America bares a burden unique among the nations of the world; to lead the greatest of all endeavors, the exploration of space, for the betterment of all the peoples of this Earth. History has not placed this burden upon our shoulders. We have placed it there ourselves.
As American taxpayers and concerned citizens of both the United States of America and of this planet Earth, we do not invoke the rhetoric of “manifest destiny,” but we believe that only the United States can provide the leadership necessary to realize the dream of a future in which all of the peoples of the world may benefit. We further believe that the United States has a responsibility to continue to inspire and challenge not just generations of today, but those of tomorrow.
SaveNASA Mission Statement
We call upon the government and citizens of the United States to ensure that its space program, as embodied by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, be provided with the full resources and support necessary to accomplish the missions with which it is tasked. To ensure that NASA’s mission can be realized, the members of SaveNASA are committed to achieving the following goals:
• That the government of the United States recognizes the invaluable contributions made by NASA to both its citizens and the peoples of the world.
• That the government of the United States acts upon the opportunities which lie before it in order to stimulate its economy, promote entrepreneurism, advance technology, inspire its youth and build international partnerships that will increase our peace, our prosperity and our security.
• That the government of the United States actively promotes science education in all its forms among our children and citizenry.
• That the government of the United States makes sensible, long-term investment in a robust space program in order to achieve the above goals.