As you probably know,earlier today John McCain referred to his audience as "my fellow prisoners" at a campaign event in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. There have been many interpretations advanced for this mysterious phrase, ranging from generic senility to an oblique expression of support for anarcholibertarianism. But the most plausible and intriguing, not to mention troubling, possibility has thus far received little attention. More after the break...and quickly, I may not have much time...they're after me!
As you know, yesterday Sarah Palin was in Clearwater, Florida, where she spoke to a joyous crowd officially estimated at around 10% of what the campaign said it was--and in other news, nobody shouted death threats to Barack Obama from the crowd. All in all, a good outing. But Clearwater is also the home of Scientology, and my training in the investigative technique pioneered by Jerome Corsi has revealed that Palin almost certainly met with senior Scientology officials during her visit. Are you connecting the dots yet, people?
To Scientologists, at least those who have achieved a certain level of religious training, Earth is really Teegeack, a "prison planet" populated by the disembodied victims of the deposed ruler of the Galactic Confederacy, Xenu. I can't really do justice to Scientology's theology, which is as rich and nuanced as you would expect for a religion that is nearly sixty years old and, like all great world religions, was founded on a bar bet. You can read a short synopsis here, and the full version here.
It is no coincidence (how could it be?) that as soon as Palin met up with McCain in Pennsylvania following his debate, he started invoking the Scientology description of our beloved planet in order to cultivate the thus-far-untapped electoral potential of the tens (possibly hundreds) of billions of thetans. Thanks to recent initiatives in several states (spearheaded, ironically, by Democrats) to restore the voting rights of felons, many of these thetans--who are, in effect, felons transported here from throughout the Galactic Confederacy--are now eligible to vote, and if even the tiniest percentage of them exercise the franchise, Obama's current lead in the polls will be reversed. Until now no candidate of either party has appealed to the thetan vote, and McCain's reference surely will not go unnoticed. To make matters worse, McCain's reference may even woo liberal non-thetans who support the rights of displaced people (or whatever) to return to their home countries or galaxies. This is the political master stroke we have long worried about.
Thus far Obama's vaunted "rapid response" team has not responded appropriately to McCain's new strategy. Moreover, there's nothing in his many hundreds of pages of detailed proposals that directly addresses the Xenu/thetan conflict,leaving many to wonder if he considers it just another "dumb war." I hope that over the next couple of days, Obama or his surrogates (Mike Gravel would be especially effective here) can make the case that while McCain is good for an allusive phrase or two, only Obama can really lay the groundwork for a comprehensive settlement that can establish a coalition government for the Galactic Confederacy and an orderly return of thetans to its 26 stars and 75 planets. But at the moment you can count me as very, very concerned.