WASHINGTON, January 23, 2015 – Bosley Crowther, film critic for the New York Times, hated its out-of-this-world premise.
Of the 1950, black-and-white science-fiction feature “The Flying Saucer,” Crowther said, “It can go right on flying, for all we care. In fact, it is such a clumsy item that we doubt it will go very far, and we hesitate, out of mercy, to fire even a critical shot at it. This is what comes of those ‘flying saucer’ tales.”
That same year, renowned physicist Enrico Fermi, whose work proved instrumental in the development of America’s atomic bomb, mused to his colleagues over lunch.
“Where are they?”
These three little words form a question better known as the “Fermi Paradox,” which wonders why, in a universe teeming with galaxies – many older than our own, no contact (not one radio signal) has been received from extraterrestrial beings.
Saucer enthusiasts counter by citing the “Drake Equation,” which, according to some estimates place the number of advanced civilizations in our own Milky Way galaxy at 12,000.
Earth is clearly not among them, with America giving the third planet from our sun a bad name.
President Obama, it’s clear, sees himself as the most evolved creature on Earth. In his view, America has passed a monumental threshold.
“Tonight,” declared the president, “we turn the page.” It’s not the Age of Aquarius. It’s the Age of Obama! And things have never been better. “Our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis,” Obama declared.
He neglected to mention that the labor participation rate is 62.7%, the lowest in more than thirty years.
The president then proceeded to teach Congress using the Socratic Method.
Question: “Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?”
Answer: Yes. His unilateral executive amnesty – with the support of compliant, Chamber of Commerce Republicans – will accelerate the decline in American wages as millions of low-wage Latin Americans stream across our border to suck the life’s blood from our collapsing welfare state. Crony capitalists will enjoy a healthy return on their investment – buying politicians in both parties.
Question: “Will we approach the world fearful and reactive, dragged into costly conflicts that strain our military and set back our standing?”
Answer: Well, that’s a trick question. One must perceive a threat before one can fear it. When a reporter asked presidential spokesman Josh Earnest if the administration would describe the Islamic radicals that murdered 17 people (mostly cartoonists) in Paris as “revenge for the prophet,” Earnest said, “We have chosen not to use that label [radical Islam] because it doesn’t seem to accurately describe what happened.”
The world is a less frightening place, requiring little or no action, when your evolved senses render you incapable of recognizing reality. Since Obama’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011, the Islamic State, whose unique style of butchery has not been seen since the days of Vlad the Impaler, occupies a third of Iraq.
When its conquered portions of Syria are added into the mix, ISIS controls roughly 35,000 square miles of the Earth’s surface; a territorial swatch larger than Israel and Lebanon combined.
Obama, however, refuses to be distracted by this perceived threat. “The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security,” Obama told Congress and the nation on Tuesday. “We should act like it.”
Over the past six years, Obama’s “otherness” has led some to believe he is a Muslim or that he was born on foreign shores. They miss the point. Obama, like the Pentagon generals that serve him, has evolved beyond his carbon-based form; hence, the mobilization against all things carbon… with the exception of certain carbon-based units that murder in the name of Allah.
The latest polls show the president’s approval rating stands at around 50%.
This reminds me of the 1950s sci-fi film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In the movie, Dr. Miles Bennell says, “In my practice, I’ve seen how people have allowed their humanity to drain away. Only it happened slowly instead of all at once. They didn’t seem to mind… Only when we have to fight to stay human do we realize how precious it is to us, how dear.”
I suppose it’s at this point one should mention the Republican response to the State of the Union address. But the GOP is no longer a functioning opposition party. Under its establishment leaders, the Republican Party has been eerily absorbed into Obama’s orbit, numbly aiding in America’s moral and economic decline.
Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) delivered the Tea Party response as the only real opposition to Washington’s unworldly, bipartisan cabal.
“We believe in economic liberty and equal opportunity,” said Clawson, “not equal outcomes imposed by a bloated federal government. It’s really odd to me that these basic principles have somehow become ‘outsider’ – or even radical views – as some suggest.”
America, as Obama said, has turned a page. At least half the nation sees individual liberty as alien and threatening. They trust an intrusive, bloated, big-government empire that promises an endless stream of utopian bounties.
They never stop to ask, in the words of physicist Enrico Fermi, “Where are they?”