I thought the astronauts in Forbidden Planet had "Colt Vickers Atomic Rifles" or am I wrong? Sounds pretty rad[iological] to me.
Was Bert the Turtle a fellow traveler?
In ancient times people were so valuable that wars were postponed to harvesting, now we are not needed either in agriculture or in the battlefield. They only need us to vote and for sports, but if it's just about running after a ball... a dog does it better.
Anyway, it's weird that you would say this but not recognize some of the same sentiments in Alien. The crew aren't "the right stuff" astronauts because in Alien human space travel is normal. It's the province of working-class folks who get screwed over by a multinational megacorporation. They're not stupid versions of Mercury astronauts, they're disposable truck drivers. It's been a while but I'm pretty sure the film presents this as a bad thing.