They’re ba-a-a-ck! Aliens are in the news again. This could become a major campaign issue on both sides of the aisle. I’m not talking building a barrier to keep out illegal immigrants; I’m talking protecting earth from extraterrestrials.

            Pentagon officials recently briefed President Trump about sightings of unidentified flying objects reported by Navy pilots. The President is open to their views, but unconvinced. “I want them to think whatever they think,” he told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. 

            On the other hand, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang told The Conway Daily Sun, a New Hampshire newspaper, that he is curious about UFOs and “I have a feeling they probably do exist.”

            While campaigning for president in 1976, Jimmy Carter told reporters he saw a flying saucer in 1969. “It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen,” he said. “It was big. It was very bright. It changed colors, and it was about the size of the moon.” Of course, that was during the ‘60s, an era of love beads, flower children and LSD; a time when people saw all sorts of “funny” things.

            Another galactic conundrum has come up with recent reports that the NASA Rover on Mars detected a burst of methane, a gas produced on earth by living things, usually cow farts. Perhaps the UFOs are simply Martians out for a spin looking for fresh air.

            Reports of UFO sightings go back as far as 322 BC, when the army of Alexander the Great refused to ford a river in Persia, because the soldiers spotted two objects in the sky shaped like silvery shields with fire spitting from the rims. More recently in March and April, 2019, UFOs were spotted and filmed over Palm Springs, CA, and south Florida. They’ve been described as bright disc-shaped or glowing orange colored orbs that change direction and shape.

            Most folks get their UFO kicks from movies. The first film about outer space, A Trip to the Moon, was a 1902 French flick inspired by Jules Verne’s novels. This year more than a dozen films, some animated and some sequels, about outer space and extra-terrestrials have debuted or soon will. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is a recent release and Spider-Man Far From Home will be out soon. Star Wars fans eagerly await Episode IX-The Rise of Skywalker in December.

            Military intelligence official Luis Elizondo, formerly with the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, has analyzed radar and video data of close encounters. He claims mysterious materials, possibly from a crashed spacecraft, are stored in a Las Vegas warehouse. “Unidentified,” a new History Channel series, interviews Navy pilots who’ve seen UFOs moving at hypersonic speeds with no visible form of propulsion for hours longer than could be expected.

Christopher Mellon, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, is involved with the ‘Unidentified” series. He said: “We know that UFOs exist. This is no longer an issue. The issue is why are they here? Where are they coming from, and what is the technology behind these devices that we are observing?”

 “The only thing that scares me more than space aliens is the idea that there aren’t any space aliens. We can’t be the best that creation has to offer,” comedian Ellen DeGeneres said.

 Many questions remain: is there really intelligent life on other planets, and is there intelligent life on Earth? Is Earth an AAA (Astronomical Alien Association) Triptych stop for extraterrestrials? Have aliens ceased abducting and performing operations on earthlings, because they have to get an HMO referral first, and they’re only allowed 11 minutes per patient? If any of this is true, one thing is certain, right after we build the wall, we probably should build a roof.