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.
–Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, Miami Congressional Candidate
Is believing in the existence of extraterrestrial life an automatic deal-breaker in terms of our elected officials? Does the official televised election debate end when the subject of UFOs are brought up, the “offending” party having their mic shut off and carted to the nearest looney-bin? Well, there is a woman currently running for Congress who claims she was abducted by aliens…and this topic may come up during her campaign.
Bearing an eerie similarity to the plot of the 2012 comic book Saucer Country, in which a Hispanic female governor who is running for president claims to have been taken by extraterrestrials…Miami congressional candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera believes pretty much the same thing happened to her. In an interview from 2009, Aguilera says she was abducted in 1986 by a trio of big blond aliens that she described as reminding her of the giant Rio de Janeiro statue of Christ the Redeemer.
I went in. There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship—not like airplanes…
Now, Aguilera is not some kook from nowhere that happened to run for office. She was a Doral councilwoman from 2012-14 and served as that city’s first economic developer. Currently a entrepreneur, she conducts leadership seminars.
And she believes in aliens and UFOs.
When asking the question if such beliefs are automatic disqualifiers for public office, we have to of course look at the case of John Podesta, who served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, Counselor to President Barack Obama, and chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Podesta has been an outspoken believer in life from other worlds, often tweeting on the subject.
As far as I’m aware, Podesta’s “The Truth Is Out There” stance has not hurt his career that much…I mean really, after all the things Trump went after Clinton for in the last presidential race, the fact that her campaign manager was tweeting about aliens never even came up (which is quite remarkable, considering how nasty and personal things got).
Of course…following the most outspoken Podesta has ever been on aliens, which would be in that 2015-2016 window…he had all his “UFO” emails hacked & wiki-released and then got massively smeared in connection to a completely different conspiracy theory, “Pizzagate.”
Podesta still tweets about UFOlogy topics (he recently promoted the launch of former Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge’s new venture), but all that teasing about “Disclosure” and finally getting to the “truth” about what the government knows about aliens (something that Clinton herself also weirdly alluded to at one point)? We don’t hear a lot about that from the Trump White House (though Aguilera is a Republican…and her son-in-law, Jarrod Agen, is VP Mike Pence’s deputy chief of staff).
So…will this new spotlight on Aguilera’s beliefs hurt her campaign? As she pointed out in a recent interview: “For years people, including Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects…” Which is sort of true (a post for another day…though in the meantime you can read this one).
More to read about on Butterfly Language:
Tom DeLonge Takes UFOlogy To The Next Level With New Think-Tank
The Time The Kids Show “Arthur” Had An Alien Abduction Scene
Kyle Vs. The Amphibian Aliens From Mars