"I recall very well when Bush II also called for a manned mission to Mars, which was ridiculed & laughed at by the left."
Well, at least this liberal has never laughed at putting humans into space. Unifying humanity for a common inspirational goal seems like a good thing to me and will generate a lot of useful tech for ground based problems.
On the other hand militarizing space is really stupid. As above, we won't be able to access space for generations if we get into a firefight in orbit.
You MAGA guys will make sure we are back to loran, vor, compass, clock, and sextant for navigation. On the plus side Fox news will be that much harder to tune in to.