As the comment was in response to my post, I'm just going to chuck in my two cents. Writing off the 'general public' or 'humans' as 'stupid cattle' is an allness attitude, which lowers the persuasiveness of the statement. After all, I consider myself human (most of the time) and as a homeowner with a child, a car, and a job, I think I'm about as general a part of the public as anyone else.
By making such a sweeping dismissal of a large part of the world, it seems to deny the possibility for betterment, or even for the current existence of the next John Glenn, Carl Sagan, or Christa McAuliffe.
It's hard to reach the stars when you tie that kind of lead weight to your own hopes.