Monday, August 13, 2018

Space Force? How About A Book Force?

The United States is coughing on 20 trillion dollars of debt.  The nation, though in a general state of relative prosperity, has many needs – solving a health care crisis, improving the state of education, battling gun-shooting and opioid-overdose epidemics, and addressing the tens of millions living in abject poverty.  So what pressing policy initiative does President Donald Trump call for?

The development of another military branch.

That’s right, the already bloated military budget is going to expand.  Why?

Because Trump found a new toy.  He likes rockets.  It’s another way to funnel tax money to subsidize companies that make military equipment.

What we really need is a Book Force, not a Space Force.

Let’s take the money President Trump wants to ciphon off for the funding of a useless military venture to nowhere and apply it to attacking the real threat to America:  illiteracy, censorship, and fake news.

Book Force would be a new branch of government that oversees all initiatives to rid our media of fake news and the bullied lies of authoritative figures like, oh say, Trump!

It would help to end illiteracy, a scourge that claims over 30 million Americans – about l in every 11 people. To reduce the number of illiterates is to increase the number of book readers, employable workers, and informed votes. We need to decrease the knowledge gap and do what’s needed to recruit more reading tutors, run better schools, and make books available to the poor, illiterate, or learning disabled.

We need a force of responsible people who can act as ambassadors for books, spreading knowledge and wisdom to further humanity, we need angels who can focus on how to get more people to read more books.

A few billion dollars could go a long way – if spent well – to fund successful initiatives, writer grants, and the publishing of amazing books. We need Book Force to protect our nation from dumbing down everything.  It’s read or perish and in the future, our nation will only thrive if it’s to win the book race – arming it with books to do war against ignorance, bullies, and misguided individuals.

Space Force may never be needed.  We’ve yet to discover life beyond Earth, let alone an invading army of space terrorists.  NASA and scientists are doing just fine.  

Can Space Force ensure a literate society?  Can it stop the spread of fake news or defend against censorship?  How about a compromise – give books to every member of Space Force – and then lets shoot Trump in a space capsule to the Moon


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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America and participated in a PR panel at the Sarah Lawrence College Writers Institute Conference.

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