Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Kucinich Afterthoughts – America Grows Up.

Now that the dust has settled somewhat after the “Kucinich Affair”, it is time to take stock. What, if anything can we conclude from the event?

Plenty. I think it has had a very positive effect for UFOlogy.

Sure it started out following a well worn path; public figure admits to seeing a UFO and he’s mocked, sniggered at, and doubts are cast about his mental state. What’s new? Kucinich wasn’t helped either by the fact that the original source of the story is the biggest flake in The Land of the Giddy.

But the fallout didn’t quite go with the plan. There were sounds of balance, of a refusal to condemn and “he’s not alone” from some quarters of the press. He was also helped by precedent. In the end, the ridicule came from the Republican right who ended up shooting themselves in the foot as their over the top responses failed to find an audience. Most folks just shrugged their shoulders and said, “So what?” Certainly, if he’d had any chance prior to the event of winning the nomination (which he didn’t), his chances subsequently wouldn’t appear to have been affected.

I don’t think its overstating something to say that Kucinich’s UFO sighting may have marked a turning point in public perception, understanding and maturity in relation to this matter. There might now even be some perceived value in other candidates stepping forward and admitting to ghostly encounters or NDEs or something similar. Times have changed. People have become inured to “wackiness” and are generally less judgemental, and making an announcement like this isn't seen as an impairment to a public career. Much of the reaction was more to do with relating Kucinich’s experience to ordinary people and there was definitely an empathic undercurrent at work. And that's where the votes come from.

Other than the fact that Kucinich is a left leaning, social welfare tax raising commie bastard, I say “Well done” and wish him well.


Jeff said...

On the whole I think you're correct, although for every example of ridicule from the right, I think can find one on the left.

Dustin said...

You might be right. I think the original reaction was purely people jeering at him.

I think the reaction to that was for a lot of people to say, "Hey, wait a second, he's not as crazy as you might think."

However, I think it's swinging back a bit, and shortly it'll be lost probably never to resurface.

The people I happen to work with, who are scientists just like myself, have already forgotten the O'Hare thing, if they even knew about it to begin with, and I think that had a longer shelf life than this story.

I quietly asked around a bit, to see if anyone had even heard this story, and got one or two "well...maybe's...isn't he the crazy guy...or is that Ron Paul?"

I think being a scientist, new to the ignorant south, with a political science degree is going to drive me crazy in short order.

Heresiarch said...

An interviewer asked Dennis Kucinich why he didn't sign the (so called)Patriot Act.

He replied, "Because I read it."

-- Heresiarch (American)