Wednesday night, a giant fireball streaked across the midwestern sky, freaking some folks plumb the heck out. The news articles say it could have been a meteorite. Why don't they say it most likely was a meteorite rather than leaving the door so wide-open for a right nutter to say ...but it could have been an alien spacecraft! ???
Though the deep-seated impetus for the aliens-among-us hysteria may spring from an abiding wish to be strapped to a table and anally probed, I think there's an unspoken desire for some Übermensch to sweep in and save mankind because we are too generally stupid to make a go of it. People feel inept and overwhelmed, and they think someone else could run their lives better-- that's what's at the heart of a welfare-seeking society, yes?
An alien landscape may be a nice place to visit, but I'm sure you wouldn't want to live there, rarified air and all that... They've likely never heard of Emily Post.