Going back to the Moon to stay and build a permanent presence there makes more sense to me at this moment than going to Mars, because there are already viable business cases for the Moon. Mars will come.
How about we have a Moon crew and a Mars crew and we just work together in harmony! An autonomous network where we can choose our own adventures of what we spend our time on :) That doesn't mean we can't all visit the Moon, even though deep down we are researching and developing Mars missions. Plenty of people in the world to tackle these programs in parallel.