Mike KleinEditor, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
By Mike Klein
A while back in our American experience heroes mattered. Kids could name the astronauts. You knew about Alan Shepard, the first American to travel to outer space. You could recognize his photo. You knew about John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth. You could recognize his photo. I wonder how many today can name an American astronaut. Do we still have American astronauts? Now do we just call them cosmonauts? I cannot name one.
I remember having all kinds of heroes as a kid in my formative years, the Fifties and Sixties. None was greater than Mickey Mantle. To me, Mickey Mantle was baseball, powerful, fast, and able to…