NASA's Cassini probe photos show an unusual view of Earth

David Horsey / Los Angeles Times (July 29, 2013)

From Saturn, nearly 900 million miles away, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has sent back images of Earth that show our planet as a tiny glowing dot in the dark expanse of space. That vast separation should inspire awe, but, instead, it brings up thoughts of the gaping distance between President Obama and the Republicans who control the House of Representatives.

They do not seem to be on the same planet. While the White House forges ahead with implementation of the national healthcare plan, the House Republicans hold frequent votes to repeal the whole scheme. As the president tours the country touting his economic recovery proposals,  House Speaker John A. Boehner declares Obama is offering nothing new and, even if it is new, it isn’t going anywhere. Obama says toe-may-toe, the Republicans say toe-mah-toe.

The view from space gives a false sense of lonely unity. Here in close-up, mankind roils with division. And in the governing class of our world’s oldest and greatest democracy, the opposing sides might as well hail from different ends of the galaxy.