President Donald Trump is determined to escalate conflict beyond our pale blue dot - space demilitarization treaties be damned - with the supposed creation of a new wing of the US military - the Space Force. And the Trump campaign for 2020 is keen to engage the US public in the initiative by allowing them to vote on its branding.
Trump has repeatedly clarified his desire that his nation be unsurpassed in space supremacy, and he is willing to ignore the 1967 Outer Space treaty and the 1979 Moon treaty to do so.
Trump’s 2020 campaign team has engaged in an unusually democratic effort to ask the public to select the new military logo. It is likely an effort to fund the 2020 campaign, with space force branding pushed as a replacement for now-outdated Maga merchandise.
Followers were emailed: "President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE - a groundbreaking endeavour for the future of America and the final frontier. As a way to celebrate President Trump's huge announcement, our campaign will be selling a new line of gear."
Six logos have been lined up for supporters to vote on. One of them promises voters that 'Mars Awaits'. It has been suggested that one logo (top left) has been granted a gold rim of Trump's extravagant hairline.
The Jimmy Kimmel show has already mocked the initiative.
It was not long before the public started to exercise its right to free speech to suggest some new logos.
Hi @realDonaldTrump I heard you are looking for logos for your new SPACE FORCE! As a professional graphic designer, I would like to offer you my logo design idea, free of charge! It's the least I can do to give back. pic.twitter.com/oe522hVdzc
— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) August 9, 2018
I like the Space Force idea but this slogan is a little troubling pic.twitter.com/bmjCCDdRCX — beloved comedy institution “the pixelated boat” (@pixelatedboat) August 9, 2018
How can this not be the Space Force badge? pic.twitter.com/5LiXmNKLSR — David Frum (@davidfrum) August 9, 2018
Not a huge fan of any of the Space Force logo choices but this one’s a little ominous pic.twitter.com/7FB03mcxzP
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 9, 2018
ALL ABOARD THE SPACE FORCE pic.twitter.com/p2q284sd1v — Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) August 9, 2018
Really digging these Space Force logos pic.twitter.com/osedU66iMp — Randy Renstrom (@RandyRenstrom) August 9, 2018
The only appropriate Space Force logo design is this one by the legendary Milton Glaser... pic.twitter.com/1PtBPH0Jku
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 10, 2018
— James Hance (@JimJeroo) August 10, 2018