????????The election of our Groper-in-Chief has opened the floodgates to even more fruits and loons running for office. I mean, more than just the occasional wingnut gadlfy like Lyndon LaRouche. I mean, they’ve started emerging in droves to run for all sorts of offices around the country. For example, The Hill reports a Congressional candidate in Florida who claims she’s an alien abductee (Archive.Is cached article):

A candidate for a Florida congressional seat claims she was visited by aliens and has communicated with them several times throughout her life.

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera said in a 2009 television appearance that she went up into the spaceship when she was 7 years old, according to McClatchy [cached].

“I went in. There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship — not like airplanes,” Rodriguez Aguilera said in the interview, a video of which was posted to YouTube and first reported on by McClatchy.

She said she was visited by three large, blonde beings at the time. One was male and two were female.

The Hill goes on to give Rodriguez Aguilera’s justification for this outlandish claim: Past presidents have claimed to see UFOs, and scientists say it’s likely there’s life on other planets. I don’t dispute that presidents may have seen flying objects they couldn’t identify, nor do I dispute that life may well have developed elsewhere in our galaxy, or beyond. But even if they’re true, they don’t constitute evidence that extraterrestrials have ever visited humanity at all, let alone that Rodriguez Aguilera met any of them.

In reality, no one has ever been shown — based on compelling, objective, verifiable evidence — to have been abducted by ETs. It simply hasn’t happened.

Yes, I know about what is, perhaps, the original alien-abduction story: That of Betty & Barney Hill, which supposedly took place in 1961, and was famously recorded in The Interrupted Journey by John Fuller. While their story seemed compelling, there are a lot of problems with it, and isn’t a very credible story. Many of the alien-abduction accounts which have been reported since the Hills’ “encounter” have reflected their story … which in turn tends to limit their credibility.

That’s not to say that “nothing” happened to these people. Most of them experienced something … the question is, what could it have been, if not a genuine ET visitation? Among the more likely explanations is the common phenomenon of sleep paralysis.

In any event, given the sorts of people who’ve been elected over the past year or so — including a Congressional candidate who physically attacked a reporter, yet won anyway — it’s by no means certain this particular wing-but can’t get into Congress. More’s the pity.

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  • If she’s elected she’ll demand that Trump build an anti-abduction protective wall around the entire Earth and make the aliens pay for it.

    The thing that strikes me about all these alien-encounter/abduction stories is that (a) the aliens are implausibly human-like in form, not at all like you’d expect from the actual evolutionary process on another planet (look how varied in form animal life is just here on Earth), and (b) the “wisdom” they impart is always trite, bland clichés and homilies. They couldn’t drop off some blueprints for an anti-meteor defense system or earthquake-prediction technology? Even a few landscape photos of their home planet would be nice. We’d have plenty of time to translate their stuff.

    Ah, well, Steve Bannon had his stint in the halls of power. Maybe they can bring in David Icke next.

    • Most of these stories stem from the Hills’ tale, which — as has been demonstrated — was modified as it was told and re-told to reflect material from the TV show The Outer Limits (and one episode of it in particular). That show portrayed aliens as human-like, for the same reason most Star Trek aliens are also human-like: To make it easier for human actors to play them on television. 

      You’re absolutely right that, if actual ETs were visiting as regularly as abductees say, they’d be leaving behind much more that reflects their ET nature. On the other hand, victims of things like sleep paralysis naturally will confabulate scenarios that reflect what’s familiar to them … i.e. other humans. 

      As for the abductees’ ETs’ specious and vaguely New Agey “wisdom,” it’s not a coincidence that a “religion” has been established with ETs and their supposed “wisdom” at its heart, that being Urantia