Laurance Rockefeller, one of the heirs to the Rockefeller fortune and the sugar daddy of the Left back when George Soros was still trying to get a visa to come to America, had two great obsessions: environmentalism and UFOs. His wealth and power ensured that both would strongly influence generations of politicians. While his political impact on environmentalism was more public, complete with a Congressional Gold Medal, his UFO obsession was a little less so.
Yet one of the most memorable images of the political impact of ‘Mr. Conservationism’ is a photo of the billionaire, dressed like an L.L. Bean catalog version of a rancher walking side by side with Hillary Clinton. The First Lady is carrying a copy of a UFO book presented to her by Larry.
Both Bill and Hillary Clinton had an interest in UFOs even if little green men took a backseat to Bill’s interest in philandering and Hillary’s interest in inflicting payback on her political enemies.
Bill Clinton recently disclosed that he “sent people to Area 51 to make sure there were no aliens” and Hillary suggested, ‘“I think we may have been (visited already). We don’t know for sure” and promised to release information about UFOs if she became president.
But it was John Podesta, Hillary’s campaign chair, who had been obsessed with UFOs in and out of the White House, and called the lack of UFO disclosures his “greatest failure” who was really lost in space. Podesta’s UFO obsession even led him to appear on an episode of Ancient Aliens which claimed that Hillary Clinton was defeated to suppress the truth about space aliens.
“John can get totally maniacal and phobic on certain subjects. He’s been known to pick up the phone to call the Air Force and ask them what’s going on in Area 51,” Mike McCurry, Bill Clinton’s former press secretary, claimed.
But now Podesta has a new job. After John Kerry dropped out as climate envoy to work on Biden’s campaign, Biden appointed the UFO nut as climate envoy in his place.
The fusion of environmentalism and UFO conspiracies is not a coincidence. Global warming originated from the Science Fiction belief that Mars and Venus had once been populated worlds just like Earth and that if we don’t restrain our industry, we too will end up just like them. That is why early terms for global warming included the “Venus Syndrome” or “Greenhouse Effect.”
While talking about UFOs, Bill Clinton concluded by urging that “we should take care of this planet.” Both global warming and UFOs are pseudoscientific beliefs that serve as a substitute religion for the one that is missing. The typical UFO believer is a liberal who was raised with religion, but discarded it and retains a strong need for a sense of meaning and wonder.
Both Rockefeller and Bill Clinton were raised as Baptists and then moved on to spaceships or seances in the White House. Podesta, marketed as a “Son of the Church”, was caught sending emails expressing contempt for Catholics while taking emails from UFO believers seriously.
Sean Kirkpatrick, the former head of the Pentagon’s UFO investigative office, recently blamed members of Congress possessed by an irrational “UFO religion” for the madness.
The strangest thing about UFOs may be the high level Democrats, including not only the Clintons, but former Senate Majority Harry Reid, who expended political capital on them.
But few senators could rival the environmentalist and UFO fixations of the late Senator Claiborne Pell, after whom the Pell Grants are named. Remembered by Biden in his eulogy as “quirky”, Pell believed not only in UFOs but in psychic powers, hosted psychic spoon bending sessions in his office, and had a Senate staffer assigned to monitoring the paranormal.
Pell, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who had mentored both Biden and Gore, wanted to establish a National Commission on Human Resource Development to promote psychic powers. The bill was cosponsored by Gore who, when he wasn’t inventing the internet, can be seen posing in a photo with alleged psychic Uri Geller, National Security Advisor Tony Lake and Soviet Foreign Minister Vorontsov. According to Geller, Senator Pell had recruited him to psychically “convince the Russians to sign the nuclear reduction treaty”.
Pell’s Human Potential Foundation would eventually be funded by Laurance Rockefeller and would look into UFOs among other X-Files matters.
“The American public has a right to learn about technologies of unknown origins, non-human intelligence, and unexplainable phenomena,” Senate Majority Leader Church Schumer recently insisted.
The spectacle of presidents and members of Congress searching for little green men while the country burns may seem strange, but the Byzantines were reportedly furiously arguing about the sex of angels while the Turkish armies closed in. Everyone needs something to believe in.
In 1961’s ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, a UFO arrives in D.C. with a giant robot and an alien infiltrator capable of resurrecting the dead to forcibly end the Cold War. The movie was widely seen as a secular Christian allegory and that was the intent of its screenwriter and producer. That same year, Robert Heinlein’s ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ bestselling novel offered yet another allegory of a messenger with supernatural powers sent by aliens to found a religion and transform society.
Belief in UFOs have been climbing even as traditional religious beliefs have been declining.
That may be why polls show that Democrats are far more likely to believe in UFOs than Republicans and why prominent Senate Democrats have led the charge on flying saucers.
A Pew poll found that those least likely to believe in UFOs attended religious services at least once a week, while those most likely to believe in flying saucers attended seldom or never. Not a diffuse sense of spirituality or even religious identification were the crucial factors but direct involvement in organized religion. As traditional religion declines, other things fill the void.
Why does it really matter whether space aliens exist? It matters a great deal to believers.
In the modernist conception of an indifferent universe which came into being by accident, on a tiny world rotating around an obscure sun, a species whose members have come to believe that they arose not through divine providence, but through a series of random genetic accidents over the course of millions of years still needs a source of salvation and comfort. A plausible concept of aliens, guided by vastly different biological processes, incapable of even communicating with us and prevented by the speed of light from ever meeting us, will not fulfill that religious need.
But UFO believers envision aliens that are not indifferent to humanity and are here to save us.
The UFO believer has imbibed just enough modernism to have trouble with the notion of G-d, but powerful and wise aliens, more advanced and developed than ourselves, who have solved the social problems that hold us back, seem like they fit neatly into the idea of an infinite universe and the evolution of man which proved so challenging to traditional religious beliefs.
Much like global warming is a “scientific theory” that manages to confirm every elite prejudice against the Industrial Revolution, the UFOs tend to reflect the beliefs of their inventors that war and pollution are awful and mankind must overcome them to join the ‘galactic confederation’.
Rather than struggling to remake Christianity and Judaism over to fit their social agenda, many progressives find it easier to start from scratch with flying saucers. For others, UFOs offer a belief system grounded in TV shows and movies that is more real to them than the Bible.
Having eliminated a Creator, the UFO believer replaces him with some little green men. The idea of mankind being punished with a flood for its sins is absurd, but the idea of Gaia punishing mankind for the Industrial Revolution with rising sea levels is just science. And anyone who disagrees can take it up with global warming envoy and ambassador to the aliens: John Podesta.