Newt Gingrich Promises US Moonbase By 2020

January 26, 2012


Newt Gingrich, speaking recently to a heavily NASA-populated crowd in Cocoa, Florida, promised a permanent US moonbase by 2020 if elected president. Like all politicians, he is a dirty, filthy liar.

Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives who is campaigning to be his party's nominee, told an overflow crowd in Cocoa, Fla., Wednesday that he wants to develop a robust commercial space industry in line with the U.S. airline boom of the 1930s.

Gingrich also said he wants to expand exploration of Mars.

"By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent on the moon and it will be American," Gingrich said to applause, reported Wednesday.

Gingrich, 68, also said he would push to develop propulsion technology that would get humans to Mars, Politico also reported.

This obviously being a case of the classic "tell the people what they want then ignore them afterward" tactic aside, a couple things 1) I honestly don't care what political views you hold, but 68 is too got-damn old to be running for president. 2) "By the end of my second term..."?! Slow your roll, amphibian! I'm all for positive thinking but come on -- what if you ARE elected but DON'T get a second term, what then -- we settle for a f***ing tree fort? 3) besides me and the NASA employees you were talking to, NOBODY GIVES A SHIT ABOUT SPACE. Why do you think we just cut the shuttle program and all of NASA's funding? They can barely pay for a park permit to launch model rockets anymore! You try passing this moonbase idea of yours off on the general population AND THEY WILL RAKE YOU OVER THE COALS. "You hear that crazy Salamander wants to put some kinda clubhouse on the moon? All I want is gas under $2 again."

Gingrich promises U.S. moon base by 2020 [cbc]

Thanks to Matt, who agrees we should probably just start with a moonbase on a really tall mountain and work our way up from there.

  • Guest is weird to live in giant soccer balls with milk carton doorways on the moon.

  • JOHN MADDEN! uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu aeiou

  • Cakeflourz

    And to this I say,

    RON PAUL 2012!!!

  • Cakeflourz

    And to all this, I say:

    RON PAUL 2012!!!

  • artilleryboy

    This is complete bullshit. Anyway we shouldnt colonise any other planets. They arent ours and will waste to much of earth's resources in trying to get us their. Just a waste of time. We should be happy with our planet and fix all of its current issues before even thinking of moving to another planet.

  • delphinus100

    "They arent ours..."

    So, whose are they?

    "... and will waste to much of earth's resources in trying to get us their."


    "We should be happy with our planet and fix all of its current issues before even thinking of moving to another planet."

    Double nonsense. Pretending it's either space/or Earthly problems doesn't make it so. You write as if no one is trying to address those problems, or that spreading beyond one planet would slow that down. Exactly just how much 'resources' do you think are involved in spaceflight, anyway?

  • artilleryboy

    I ended up writing a whole speech in response to your response but i decided to cut it down.

    What Im talking about isn't nonsense, What this Gingrich guy is talking about it nonsense. I'm sure you know that hes just trying to get votes but the idea is stupid in reference to our current world. We shouldn't be trying to build crap on the moon. No one owns it except the solar system or the universe. We have a beautiful planet that we live on and should look towards fixing its problems first before even trying to build a base on the moon. Earth has limited resources. 

    I know we have people addressing these problems but the governments of the world shouldn't create more or take people away from solving the current and more important problems.

    I love my planet. Once we've stuffed it up we cant fix it. 

  • Like teaching our children the difference between they're, their, and there.  42% of whom, don't know the difference at ages 10-12.

  • And yet, somehow, still just as believable as all the other campaign promises.

  • Maybe he knows something we don't.

  • He needs a moon base, to send all his ex-wives there.

  • zakany

    Gingrich should leave the rocket science to the rocket scientists.

  • delphinus100

     Was Kennedy a 'rocket scientist?' (and that's 'engineer,' BTW) Whether it's Gingrich, someone has to make policy.

    Check out the Space Launch System. *That* was a case of Congress specifically 'designing' a rocket that NASA did not ask for...

  • zakany

    Gingrich is no Kennedy.

  • We won't even have the capability to get ourselves in orbit for a couple years. He's promising a base in 8? You gotta be kidding dude. I mean I'm all for it, it'll teach us about life in space. And possibly help us test structures we may send to mars. But 8 years is not possible, even if the budget was there for it (it's not). He sounds like he's out of touch with reality, and a dingbat. We want him becoming president? Uhh


  • Actually the United States cut funding to the shuttle program because it was a big heaping waist of tax payers money, it was one costly and two proven to be extremely unreliable. Instead the United states has begun funding Space X shuttles which are cheap, far more reliable and private industry.
                   Geekologie has really gone down hill when it comes to fact checking. Geekologie your loosing my support, sure you bring me cool gadgets only mixed in with mindless dribble and bias opinions not supported by fact. Geekologie do your self a favor and hire new writers.

  • delphinus100

    Yes, but let go of the word 'shuttle.' It doesn't really apply to a SpaceX (or Boeing. or Blue Origin) ballistic capsule, even a reusable one...

  • This from a guy who doesn't know that it's 'waste' and not 'waist'.
    Leave GW alone! 

  • Ignoring the incorrect usage of commas (and lack thereof), unnecessary spacing, malapropisms, and misusage of the words "your" and "bias", I'd say Ben is the ideal choice for new Geekologie writer.

  • Garret

    There are already bases on the moon.

  • delphinus100

    Take that up with those who think we never went there at all. Maybe you'll cancel each other out.

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