Skip to comments.Extraterrestrials, American Exceptionalism, and the Left-Right Gap (Dems tend to believe in ET)
Posted on 12/29/2010 10:10:06 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Its no surprise that liberals and conservatives see our world in starkly different terms, but they also display contrasting views toward other worlds, generally disagreeing about the possibilities of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.
These clashing opinions on extraterrestrials amount to more than a trivial split on an arcane topic; they connect, in fact, both logically and emotionally to big conflicts over worldview, culture, politics and Americas role in history.
In Colorado, these conflicts erupted in a recent battle over a proposed Denver commission to investigate visitations from alien life forms. Initiative 300 won enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in November 2010 but lost in a landslide, with conservatives leading the derision of the ET Initiative, as a loony waste of taxpayer money. The chief support for greater transparency regarding sightings and encounters came from the citys Bohemian left, with advocates proudly citing the interest in flying saucers from liberal icons like Jimmy Carter and John Podesta, Bill Clintons former chief of staff.
Polls show that Americans remain closely divided on attitudes toward extraterrestrials, with a 2008 Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll reporting 56% who believe it is very likely or somewhat likely that intelligent life has developed in other worlds. Self-described Democrats (according to the same survey) are far more likely to say they have personally seen visitors from another world than are their Republican counterparts, who remain distinctly skeptical.
These differences stem in part from religious convictions, with conservatives far more likely to uphold traditional approaches to the Bible and organized faith. While nothing in Scripture explicitly denies the possibility of life in distant galaxies, the Biblical account of directed creation makes it far easier to accept the notion that this small, inhabited planet is alone in the universe.
Liberals, on the other hand, profess wider acceptance of the idea that earthly life emerged through random forces and happy accidents; therefore, the existence of stars and potential planets into the billions suggests that that similar coincidences would produce advanced life forms somewhere else.
The differing views on extraterrestrial intelligence stem from a core argument about the presence (or absence) of higher purpose, of supernatural direction in our existence on earth.
That same dispute divides liberals and conservatives regarding the rise and the role of the United States. On the right, theres a much stronger tendency to credit the notion of America as a heaven rescued land (in the words of The Star Spangled Banner), and to see evidence of Divine favor in the emergence of the worlds most powerful civilization in a corner of North America which, a mere 400 years ago, counted as perhaps the least developed portion of the planet.
For liberals, however, the idea that God decreed prosperity and prominence for the United States smacks of swaggering jingoism, and imperialist arrogance. They are far more likely to see Americas success as the result of good luck, or even rapacity and ruthlessness, rather than the consequence of Providential intervention.
One of the moments most emotional debates centers on the related notion of American exceptionalism: does our country represent a uniquely blessed, beneficial development in human history, or a flawed nation state like many others, displaying a maddening mix of admirable and appalling characteristics? A recent Gallup poll asked respondents whether other nations of the world should follow Americas example: Republicans overwhelming said yes while Democrats split evenly on the proposition.
Conservatives felt outraged when President Obama declared that he believes in American exceptionalism only in the same sense the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. As Sarah Palin sneers in her new book, America By Heart, Which is to say, he doesnt believe in American exceptionalism at all. He seems to think it is just a kind of irrational prejudice in favor of our way of life.
While neither Obama nor Palin has ever provided definitive discourse on their view of life on other worlds, its easy to imagine the president maintaining a more open attitude than the former Alaska governor. If you believe that the United States is utterly unique in human history, an unprecedented and potently purposeful experiment under higher power protection, then it follows that earth itself enjoys similarly singular status, freakishly favored within a lonely universe. On the other hand, the suspicion that America counts as only the latest in a long succession of rising and falling world powers can easily co-exist with assumptions that our planet joins countless other centers of intelligent life in a teeming cosmos.
A liberal slant in politics or policy doesnt make you an automatic believer in extraterrestrial visitors, any more than a conservative worldview compels the insistence that human beings will never discover other-worldly counterparts. But an impassioned affirmation of American exceptionalism naturally connects to comparable assumptions of earthly exceptionalism, and helps define one of the most significant but least noted divisions defining the current gulf between right and left.
Well no flames from this guy. GOD bless you for telling it like it is!!!
“All will be reveiled”.
Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr., (also a well known freeper), held a piece of the I-beam like wreckage that his father had brought home from the Roswell crash in 1947. (Jesse Jr. was 11 or 12 years old in 1947.)
Hoosier, you're being manipulated into pitting something entirely apolitical against human nature, and allowing it to divide you from your allies.
Michael Medved, first of all, is hardly "conservative" himself. Second, you would be surprised and shocked at the reality of the UFO thing, which is that it transcends politics and has some very heavy hitters on its side, such as Mercury 7 astronaut and Christian Gordon Cooper, who matter-of-factly makes no bones about it in his autobiography, though little of the book is about UFOs.
The whole UFO thing is emotional and gut-pitting, so somebody wants YOU to equate anyone who "believes" in UFOs with your enemy. It is a mistake to do so; it ONLY serves to divide.
Yeah? Where is this so-called ¨I-beam¨?
And without calling you any names, stockpirate, where are the pieces?
Yes, I have seen what appeared to be objects, which seemed to be flying, which I could not identify.
These see to be, therefore, by definition: Unidentifed Flying Objects (UFO).
Doesn't mean they have anything to do with ET, Aliens, Little Green Men, Greys, Men In Black, Bug Eyed Monsters, or any other such ... just that I couldn't identify them.
At the end of his talk, one of the Generals asked, "If we're being visited by aliens, how come they never crash? How come we never find any wreckage?"
With one of the most charming smiles I've ever seen on a human face, the professor answered, "Maybe their Zero Defects Program really works."
Still addicted to those
TYPE II ERRORS, it seems.
There are now more than 4,000
landing cases with scientifically verified residue, bits, pieces, impacts on the environment of various types etc.
Stan Romaneck sp? by surprise one day, had part of his house’s siding removed because the paint had been discolored by a UFO . . . and the ‘siding crew’ was from a non-existent company etc. etc. etc. They wouldn’t let him keep part of the discolored siding but he managed to hide some anyway.
That was an interesting case.
However, as improbable as it is . . . such naysayers want to hold a piece in THEIR hot little hands and do all the analysis in their own nonexistent laboratories etc. etc. yada yada yada.
Please explain to me, too!
I think Marzulli is spot on in a list of ways.
Logically . . .
evidently . . .
all such factors
do NOT PRECLUDE their having something to do with so called “ET’s” etc. etc. etc.
P.J. O’Rourke’s famous line “Republicans believe in God, Democrats believe in Santa Claus”, though said in jest, applies here.
All humans aspire to the transcendent, but leftist ideology requires its followers to hold God in contempt. So leftists always find themselves worshipping bizarre analogs of God...with too many examples to list. Aliens would definitely qualify.
Please direct me to some peer reviewed verification. Otherwise this is complete and utter nonsense.
I don’t recall if it’s in a peer reviewed journal, or not.
I’m not impressed with that plea, however,
I’ve provided peer reviewed journal articles documenting that unhoaxed crop circles have a list of very exotic differences in the plants and the ground . . .
and naysayers like you just scoffed as usual.
Y’all are wedded to TYPE II ERRORS and seem to have no clue about how they can bite one in the rear every bit as devastatingly as a TYPE I ERROR.
Y’all have a LOT more ‘getting real’ to do in this field.