It’s time for close encounters of the GOP kind. According to GOP candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, who’s running to replace Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, she knows aliens exist — because she’s been aboard one of their spaceships.
Oh boy. This is going to be another one of those election cycles, isn’t it?
To be fair to Ms. Aguilera, a belief in close encounters is pretty harmless compared to the other things GOPers believe. For instance, it’s far less harmful than “global warming is fake” and “tax cuts always work.”
Aguilera made the claim in a 2009 television interview, which the Miami Herald recently unearthed. In the interview, Aguilera claimed when she was 7, she was abducted and taken aboard an alien spaceship. She described the aliens as “blond, big-bodied beings.”
She also described their starship, which looked like a set piece from a latter-day progressive rock album: “There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship — not like airplanes.”
We can laugh, but “Nordics” are actually common enough to have their own Wikipedia page. Space Aryans are probably second only to the classical Greys when it comes to shapes aliens take.
Aguilera also said that the aliens have been in regular telepathic contact, too, which is another element common to stories that feature Nordics.
When questioned by the Miami Herald, Aguilera didn’t distance herself from it, either:
For years people, including Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects and scientists like Stephen Hawking and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone. I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God, I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the universe.
She’s absolutely right here, and I count myself among the majority of Americans who believe that there must be life elsewhere in the universe. In fact, the Fermi Paradox is something that I dwell on sometimes when I have a free moment, as normal people such as myself are wont to do (if you have the time and you’re interested in learning more, I can’t recommend Isaac Arthur’s YouTube channel on science and futurism highly enough).
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Of course, there’s a massive difference between acknowledging,”there must be life (not necessarily intelligent) somewhere out there” and, “that life looks like it’s going to headline a Symphonic rock concert in Oslo in this weekend.”
That latter is what makes this whole affair so goofy and ridiculous.
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