Today, I want to talk about exopolitics. Literally. Who would the Space Brothers–the beautiful denizens of Venus and beyond–have voted for in the US presidential election?
I suppose the answer to the question of who the Space Brothers would vote for, were they eligible to vote (which they wouldn’t be, unless they chose to become naturalized citizens) really depends on which of the Contactees you were to ask. And unless Valiant Thor or one of his crew comes forward to endorse a particular person, we have to go on what the Contactees said.
Though the Space Brothers are often depicted monolithically, always in perfect agreement with each other, the stories of them as told by the Contactees tend to lack smaller details of the individuals. We don’t know if Orthon liked his coffee black while Firkon preferred a little cream and sugar, and that sort of thing. They are depicted in these stories as angelic–often literally–and as such, they are shown to be kind and enlightened beings with no flaws to speak of. If we knew who they’d vote for, then you can assume that person would be the only correct choice.
However, depending on who’s telling the story, the details of those Space Brotherian societies differ wildly, and therefore, their presumed voting preferences. A good place to start to determine this would be to examine the issues that are important to them.
First, the Space Brothers typically advocate fervently for nuclear disarmament, and seek to minimize conflict and strife on this planet, eliminating war and disease. They want to help us toward a glorious future in which we bond with our planet and take steps toward what today we would call green energy and environmentalism. All of these things would indicate that the Space Brothers would lean to the Democratic/Green Party/Socialist side of things.
On the other hand, many of the Space Brothers extolled the virtues of a traditional life, and a return to simpler times as the way forward. This included religion, generally Christianity, as well as dispensing with laws (to be fair, they were only able to do this because they were enlightened as individuals, and therefore needed no laws.) Both of these things tend to lean more Republican/Libertarian.
But that’s where the waters get more muddy. While some of the Space Brothers spoke a traditional Christian message, not all of them seemed to agree completely. Take Valiant Thor, as recounted by Reverend Frank Stranges in “Stranger at the Pentagon.”
“He told me that his purpose in coming was to help mankind return to the Lord. He spoke in positive terms…always with a smile on his face. He said that man was further away from God than ever before, but there was still a good chance if man looks in the right place…he told me that Jesus Christ would not force men to be saved from their mistakes, even though He had already made a way for mankind to be redeemed through His shed blood.”
Compare that very Christian message to the more Eastern religion-flavored tone of George King:
“A time of change is now upon us. The Age of Aquarius, which will start to dawn in the new millennium, will be an Age of Science, but a science tempered by love. The barriers between different religions will gradually be broken down and there will be a return to oneness which is the very essence of Spiritual expression.”
from Contact with the Gods from Space by George King, D.D., Th.D.
This more inclusive philosophy sounds similar to the philosophy of another famous George, Adamski, who recorded the following meeting with a being called “The Master” in “Inside the Space Ships.”
“And no man lives who has never once dreamed of what you call Utopia, or the nearly perfect world. There is nothing which man has ever imagined which is not, somewhere, a reality. And, therefore, nothing that is not possible of achievement. For you too, on Earth, that is possible. For us on the other planets of our galaxy, it is so now.”
But Adamski opposed organized religion, saying it only caused division amongst humanity. “The Master” goes on:
“There is nothing wrong with your Earth, nor with its people, except that in their lack of understanding they are young children in the universal life of the One Supreme Being. You have been told that in our worlds we live the creator’s laws, while as yet on Earth you only talk of them.”
So what are these “creator’s laws”? According to Adamski, they provide for everyone, they care for the entire planet, they are concerned for the environment, and so on. In fact, Adamski is reported once to have said that communism was the way of the future. You can’t go much left-er than that. To the Aetherius Society, the planet is itself a living being, and so the safety of the environment is of utmost importance to them, another left-leaning concern. Then again, Woody Derenberger’s Lanulosians seemed to feel that “separate but equal” wasn’t the worst thing in the world. And to Stranges and many others, it was our straying from traditional values that was causing all the problems in the world.
Whether this variation in opinions comes from the Space Brothers or the Contactees talking to them, I leave you to be the judge. While it’s fairly certain the Space Brothers would have little tolerance for border walls, they would have also had problems with a willingness to use military force. And while they perhaps would agree with much of socialist philosophy, they would recoil at the idea of passing laws and regulations forcing people to comply.
Who would the Space Brothers vote for? Do Angels vote for God? How would they vote when the idea of government is unnecessary? This also doesn’t take into account the idea of country–why would beings who see the world from a global scale concern themselves with the petty meanderings of country politics?
So I’m at a loss. What do you think?