Over the course of my life with the presence I collectively call “the visitors,” they have consistently demonstrated three concerns: 1, that our free will remain intact; 2, that we preserve our planet’s ability to keep us alive; and 3, that we not engage in nuclear war.
If you read over my journals, you will find that very, very few of them address political issues. However, we have ended up with a candidate who is a strong contender for the US Presidency whose policies deny global warming, might well lead us into nuclear war and whose plans compromise freedom on many different levels, not only ours, but that of many of those who live under the umbrella of American power.
I am not disclosing my own political preference here. Read that again: because I am saying that one candidate is dangerous does not mean that I am revealing an intention to vote for another. My vote is my own business. Although, obviously, I will not be voting for Donald Trump.
I have many personal reasons, but I will only touch on one here. My aim is to concentrate on how his stated intentions violate all three of the concerns listed above. On a personal level, I see an individual with the personality disorder called narcissism. Such people cannot empathize with the needs of others. Among notably narcissistic leaders we find people like the Roman Emperor Nero, Henry VIII and Adolf Hitler. The suffering of others is secondary to their ambitions, and I think that this is true of Donald Trump, too.
Mr. Trump’s absolute rejection of global warming as a relevant issue is exactly contrary to the single most consistent warning that emerged not only in my life with the visitors, but is consistent across the whole spectrum close encounter experience.
We no longer have time to ignore it. As matters stand, we are certain to experience some extremely serious upheavals, and they could come, really, at any time. In 1999, I coined the word “superstorm,” which has since, and tragically, entered common use to describe two huge and catastrophic hurricanes, Katrina and Sandy. Now James Hansen, among the world’s leading climate scientists, has announced findings that prove that the real superstorm—an event of unsurvivable intensity—has happened in the past, just as we claimed in the book.
This is a storm that goes far beyond any hurricane that has ever been observed. It forms in the central Atlantic and contains winds so strong that no known structure can survive them. Were such a storm even to brush the coast of the US Eastern Seaboard, it would leave behind a tangled wasteland. In fact, any coast it struck would be laid waste, and an unrecoverable level of destruction would extend as far inland as it penetrated.
The storm is created when cold melt water, flooding down from the arctic, meets unnaturally warm water in the central Atlantic. Even when the temperature differences were probably not as extreme in Paleolithic times as they are now, the ferocity of such storms was incredible. Right now, central Atlantic temperatures are at record levels and worse, Arctic melt is extreme. Over the course of the winter, temperatures at the North Pole sometimes reached 50 degrees f above normal. The Greenland ice sheet is melting a a very rapid rate.
Will this cause a real superstorm? Obviously, it could, but climate models suggest that we still have a few more years. That’s just the point. At best, we have a few years left to make an effort to prevent or slow the process of what is liable to unfold just as it did in the past, as a sudden and catastrophic change in climate that we can never repair.
We simply don’t have four more years to hide our heads in the sand. This is real, it’s happening, and it is over these next few years that we will either gain some time or lose control of climate, an event that, in the end, has the potential to absolutely decimate the human population.
Now, on to geopolitcs. Mr. Trump, in his astonishingly dangerous toying with Russian power, has shown that he is entirely without historical perspective and does not even begin to understand how geopolitical energy works. He has said that he admires Valdimir Putin. Mr. Putin is a murderous dictator who openly speaks against the very freedoms that the visitors consider so important. Worse, he has recently called on Russia to interfere further in US politics. This is not only unpardonable in a person aspiring to lead our country, it is foolish and dangerous. But his worst mistake in this area is to question the American role in NATO.
Our nation is committed to the defense of freedom, and NATO is one of the structures we have created to insure that people in the west who desire to live free can continue to do so. It is fundamental to the security of free peoples, and to threaten it is to work directly against the most important of all human needs, which is the need for freedom.
If we are not free, we cannot make choices, and if we cannot make choices, we cannot grow. This is why the visitors are so extensively engaged with the Americans. We have been living in real freedom—soul freedom—for over two hundred years. We are the freest people that this species as thus far produced, and it is our fundamental mission and responsibility to increase that freedom at home and extend and protect it abroad.
By saying things that undermine NATO, Mr. Trump is encouraging another narcissist, Vladimir Putin, to indulge his often stated geopolitical ambitions. By retaking Crimea and invading Ukraine, he has made it clear that he wants to restore Russian hegemony in its western approaches. Without NATO, there is nothing to stop him from marching into the Baltic countries, and, at the least, compelling larger nations like Poland and Hungary to re-orient themselves toward Russia.
Now, we think very little in our time about nuclear war. The Cold War is over, and with it the threat of nuclear annihilation. But the facts are different. As the Cold War was drawing to a close, the principle of mutually assured destruction was becoming obsolete. Previously, if one side fired its missiles, the other side would be able to fire back and do so much damage to the aggressor that both sides would, in effect, be defeated.
That is no longer true. Extraordinary increases in targeting accuracy and the advent of space-based weapons systems have changed the equation. Now, the side to fire first stands such a good chance of degrading the response that it might be able to actually win.
There could not be a more unstable situation in which to elect a man so profoundly incompetent and yet so profoundly self-assured as Mr. Trump.
I would never say this normally about a presidential candidate, because it has never before been so clearly true, but this man has the potential to destroy our country, to ruin our freedom, to deliver us into an unrecoverable environmental catastrophe and even to cause a nuclear war by encouraging a dictator to embark on a program of conquest.
Vote however you wish to vote. There are a number of other candidates who reflect the different shadings of ideology that characterize American political life. But don’t vote like the Germans voted in 1933, out of anger and fear whipped up by a narcissistic demagogue. Down that path lies a great destruction.