May 17, 2000
The Role of the President in the
Politics of Disclosure
Part II: The case for and against George W. Bush
(Second in a three-part
Lets get one thing straight right up
front. The politics of UFOs, how the presence
of extraterrestrial beings in our world, now, is going to affect you, your government, and
every other person on the planet, is not only bipartisan, its transcendent.
Transcendence is about moving from one
paradigm to another, one worldview to another. It
is a process so powerful, the very mechanisms involved are altered. In fact, they are not really up to the task, but
being all we have, we make do.
That which is about to happen to the world
will affect every political party, nation, race, religion, and point of view. There will be no paradigm deferments. Everyone participates whether they want to or not. At this level, staking out territory, getting the
upper hand, building political capital, war chests, arms races and other Machiavellian
machinations are made silly. We will find
common ground and work together as we find our way through this or we will make utter
asses of ourselves before an audience that may extend to the other side of the galaxy.
And one response to this might well be,
The two main political parties dont
happen to have a plank in their platforms on this particular matter. Worse, for some time they have immersed themselves
in the Politics of Nothing where the truly difficult issues are ignored
completely or locked into permanent stasis. What
is left are the personal and the dregs. One
is reminded of the old aphorism about college life, namely that, the reason
university politics are so vicious is precisely because the stakes are so small.
The process of electing an American
president has now become sufficiently grotesque and expensive, voters no longer expect any
deep controversy on a matter of true substance to force itself upon them during this
The media focuses 75% of its coverage on
whos up, whos down, the polling numbers, endorsements, pratfalls, scandals and
peccadilloes. Only 25% is left to cover
what a candidate actually believes, assuming they would tell, or how they would govern,
assuming they knew.
All of which might suggest, why not make the
partisan case. Pick a party and convince it
the UFO/ET intriguees out there number in the tens of millions (they do). Show em the websites, the mail lists,
the demographics (high education, high income), the emotional intensity, and then close
with, Four words, Go Alien, Kick Butt. You got your pro-life vs. pro-choice, your pro-gun
vs. anti-gun, and now, your Rare Earth vs. Aliens Coming out the Wazoo. Finally the politics of UFOs would
take flight with everyone taking sides and spending hundreds of millions of dollars making
TV commercials intent on showing the other side is comprised of idiots.
We could do that, but it would be wrong.
So lets examine the coming election
and how a victory by George W. Bush might affect the process of disclosure of the
extraterrestrial presence. But in doing
so, lets not misinterpret a tough and candid analysis as a campaign ad for electing
Al Gore (and vice versa, next week).
Election 2000 offers up a host of
Much has been made of the millennial
turnover. Certainly the politicians have
taken advantage of this arithmetic inevitability. So
many bridges to the 21st Century have been built, no one is at risk of getting
their feet wet. A cynic would say
the year 2000 is about as important as that moment, while stuck in another freeway jam up,
you happen to note your odometer turnover 100,000 miles.
You smile for a moment, and ten seconds later its history.
Call it accident, fate, or a cosmic joke
the next couple of years will live up to the pre-turnover hype. This election campaign, conducted in the last
year of the second millennium and placing a new president in office in the first year of
the next, is indeed our political connection between two worlds. What is at stake is whether the 21st
Century will surpass the horrors of the 20th or bring the human race freedom at
last from the brutality, some say evil, of its pre-sentience animal nature, its lizard
The moment screams for a president with
profound new vision, someone poised by special background and circumstance, to lead the
most powerful nation on the planet into truly new territory.
So, naturally, what we have is perhaps the
most dramatic instance of same old, same old in memory. After eight painful years of dealing with the
consequences of a president who lost, or perhaps never had, his moral compass, the
Democrats put forth a candidate who is as close to a seamless extension of that president
as has occurred in any election this century. More
on that next week.
And the Republicans? In 1990 President George H. W. Bush began a
campaign with an 80% approval rating. He was,
and is, the quintessential 20th Century political man: WWII, cold warrior, diplomat, CIA, VP, secret
societies, backroom connections, patriotism, control, plausible denial the total
package. Perhaps he somehow sensed that
cosmic change was in the air because in mid-campaign the sitting president lost his
vision, stomach for the process, perhaps even his desire to be president and came unglued
At the end he could barely deliver a
speech without falling into near incomprehensibility.
What followed was an upset, which in the opinion of this author surpassed that of
Truman over Dewey in 48. William
Clinton, the anti-Bush, is elected. He takes
office as stunned Republicans stare in disbelief.
Despised by the military and intelligence
careerists to such a degree it becomes a serious matter of protocol noted by the press, Clinton immediately comes under political and
personal attack almost unprecedented in the modern era.
Finally, in a fashion worthy of Shakespeares best tragedies, he
defies his enemies with a consummate act of self-destruction and hubris, handing them all
they need to destroy him completely and take the Democratic Party with him.
He barely escapes by virtue of the
incompetence of the Republican leadership in the House and their own personal failures
coupled with Clintons almost preternatural survivability. Nevertheless, the country is put through a
There is every indication the public wants
to put this behind them - the extreme partisanship, special prosecutors, tawdriness, and
political gridlock. They want a new start and a rejuvenation of the presidency which has
been further weakened and humiliated. So who
do the Republican insiders and deep pockets line up behind early on and in extraordinary
The son of George Bush, George Bush, a man
in some respects more like Clinton than Gore.
There is a straightforward way to understand
the worldview of the person you are about to elect to the presidency. Read three books.
The first would be the candidates political autobiography; the second would
be a neutral, quality biography by a responsible journalist; and the third would be the
most critical biography available by a competent journalist/author, however biased. Combined in the same mind, its a potent
For the average citizen who does not belong
to a think tank or have much discretionary time to do political research, this is as good
as it gets. If the last five presidential
elections have proved anything, it is that television ads, talk shows, cream puff
interviews, convention show speeches, and scripted debates are meager fare if one seeks to
know what a presidential candidate actually believes about anything.
As regards George Bush,
the choices are not too difficult. The
following are suggested in the same order: his
political autobiography, A Charge to Keep, George W.
Bush with Karen Hughes; a neutral biography, First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty, Bill Minutaglio; and a highly critical commentary, Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush,
Ivins and Lou Dubose. (Note: Fortunate Son, J. H. Hatfield, is not
recommended as there are serious issues with the author and authenticity of key elements
of its content.)
a summary of what you would learn.
George W. Bush and William Clinton were born 45 days
apart in 1946. They had very different
childhoods, but grew up to be tall, attractive, personable, men of boyish demeanor and
playful personalities, with predominant ties to a southern lifestyle. Both attended Yale University and went on to
become chief executive of southern states known to have weak governor systems,
with Texas being the weaker of the two.
and Clinton are practicing Protestants, Clinton Baptist, Bush Methodist and born again. Both men sowed a silos worth of wild oats,
committing various youthful indiscretions which played a role in their
campaigns. Those by Bush apparently did not
extend into his marriage and ended around the age of 40, while Clintons persisted
with well documented results.
men avoided serving in Vietnam, Clinton via student deferments and Bush via alternative
service in the Texas Air National Guard. Both
utilized whatever connections they could to effectuate this result. Bush was accepted immediately into the Guard and
pilot program with 100,000 Texans on the waiting list for the Guard and other pilot
applicants (150) waiting up to 18 months to get flying clearance.
enough about similarities. Its the
differences that get interesting. William
Clinton grew up poor and dysfunctional in a family less connected to power than dirt. It was this background which gave him the ability
to relate to the average person and feel the pain of disadvantaged classes. It was his greatest strength and his greatest
liability, as this same background laid the foundation for the ruination of his place in
history and full appreciation of his contributions.
W. Bush, on the other hand is possibly the luckiest businessman/politician in the galaxy. He is the Republican Jack Kennedy. John Kennedy came from a family ruled by a
powerful man who viewed his sons right to the presidency as a given. Joseph Kennedy used his money, the money of his
friends, pulled every lever, stuffed ballot boxes, moved heaven and earth to give his sons
a leg up with the presidency in the cross hairs.
A generation later, George Bush
received the same treatment in spades. Through every step of his business and political
career money poured in from political and financial connections to the family. Every time he got in over his head, he was
enormous reservoir of connected money was particularly potent in Texas politics where
there is no limit on personal contributions - $1,000, $1,000,000 no difference. Bush spent over $40 million in his two
gubernatorial campaigns. That money combined
with the money raised and being raised for the 2000 presidential bid, will make George W.
Bush the most financially backed politician in the history of the nation.
Bushs father, the President, is a man heavy with gravitas whose rèsumè is thicker
than the D.C. phone book. His son is Bush
lite, not remotely in the same league. It is
as if the Republican party is determined to rectify that terrible upset outcome of eight
years ago, to put the world right.
What does it mean for disclosure?
one regard it is favorable. From the
standpoint of those managing the UFO/ET issue within the government, one of the most
critical disclosure issues is control. They
want absolute control of as many variables as possible.
you are going to announce to the world the presence of extraterrestrial beings who can
pretty much come and go as they please, whatever spin you intend to put on this
revelation, you want to have the complete cooperation of the executive and legislative
branches, military services, intelligence agencies, enforcement agencies, etc. You want to make disclosure on your terms,
according to your schedule and be able to deal with any and all reactions to that
disclosure as you see fit.
status and power acquired by the military/intelligence complex during the Reagan years and
the end of the Cold War symbolized by the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 set the
stage. The senior Bush was the perfect
president to have in office. It is this
authors belief the process of disclosure was thus set in motion to occur early in
Bushs second term (1993). The same
circumstances set Col. Philip Corso in motion toward his eventual 1997 memoir, The Day
election suspended the process. George W.
Bush, if elected, would be a surrogate senior Bush. The
military and intel agencies will embrace the son. The
network would be reestablished, the players reassembled, the fathers consultation a
given, and control would be sufficient to proceed. So
far so good.
there is a downside. Ultimately the
politics of UFOs is secondarily concerned with disclosure and primarily concerned with the
quality of that disclosure. The end of
the UFO/ET cover-up (or management if you wish) is inevitable. What is problematic is the veracity and
comprehensiveness of the process. Will it be
misrepresented and spun to serve government agendas not known to the public? Will it be destructive or constructive in its
formulation? Will it build trust in
government or further erode trust in the minds of the American public and citizens of
the key question, will George W. Bush have the substance, courage and intellect to stand
up to the military/intelligence infrastructure should they attempt to pervert the process
and he knew it?
election this November may be the most important in our history. Whether the voters know a flying saucer from a
Boston cream pie, the presidential piece to the disclosure puzzle will be in their hands.
Copyright © 2000 Stephen Bassett