DON'T PANIC! This blog is authored by Seniors at Aragon High School, San Mateo, CA.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Just when you thought things couldn't get weirder
It seems that the producers of the History Channel are not the only people who are fascinated with extraterrestrial life. Hillary Clinton, who recently lost the primary in West Virginia, has struggled to gain the support of younger voters among other subgroups. Aside from adjusting her position on health care, Clinton has attempted to get closer to potential voters by altering her other strategies. A recent article by the New York Times noted Clinton's repeated acknowledgement of potential extraterrestrial life and her promise to make government files about Area 51 and other ET related material public. Interestingly, Clinton's mentions of ET have been on talk shows or radio shows. Many have attributed this to her campaign chairman John Podesta, who apparently has a great interest in ET. Some believe that Clinton's acknowledgement of ET will help her gain the support of potential voters who also hold such a belief. Furthermore, Podesta, who claims that his biggest failure while working under Obama was not getting the papers published, states that he will hold Clinton accountable for her promises once she reaches office.
Clinton apparently has a "past" with ET related business -- or at least in pop culture (Weekly News)
What do you think this piece of news indicates about the current electoral process and the standards of the media? Do you believe that Clinton's actions count as obvious pandering or something else that is lighter? In regards to Podesta, how big a role do you think someone associated with the campaign should have during the hypothetical term following a candidate's successful election? What types of issues should a candidate be invested in, and where does the candidate draw the line between absurdity and unique concerns?