. "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." ---H.L. Mencken In days of yore, like maybe fifty years ago,We scorned all those who claimed they’d seen a UFO,And only numbskulls said they came from outer space;The Project Blue Book study sealed their fall from grace. But now the Feds say blips seen on a radar screenAre proof of aliens. I’d say their case is lean.In ‘89 our satellites could see our smiles,And Gorbachev’s birthmark was mapped from twenty miles. Our warships (so they say) are being tricked and tracked.They’ve brought the Martians back and now we’re being attacked!It’s clear the Covid scare just didn’t scare enough,So now, convenient little green men huff and puff. Get ready for the lockdowns and the tinfoil hats.We’re lab rats in the grasp of fat cat bureaucrats.NO, don’t expect they’ll show us any hi-res photos...They’ve stacked the deck. We know the tech. We’re not all dodos. . . Mike Bryant is a poet and retired plumber living on the Gulf Coast of Texas.