Tom DeLonge Isn’t Crazy — You Are

California native, Tom DeLonge, is a famed educator, renowned scientist, and innovative entrepreneur. In 1999, based on his own knowledge and experiences, DeLonge made a bold and unambiguous claim — aliens exist. DeLonge’s claim is not new or unheard of. It has been a popular point of speculation for decades and even centuries, but DeLonge’s conviction in his statement is noteworthy. Where it lacks in specificity, his claim makes up for in clarity. It is not exactly clear when or how DeLonge became aware of alien life, but his unequivocal tone and refusal to accept ambiguity in his statement makes it very difficult to believe that he is ignorant of the subject matter. In addition to his statement’s surety, it also glows with an annoying amount of compendiousness. DeLonge homes in on his point like a valkyrie missile resisting the urge to become distracted by other claims and arguments. DeLonge and his well-constructed arguments have not been ignored. They have earned attention from established and reputable institutions in both the public and private sector. Just as he did in the entertainment industry, Tom DeLonge and his antics demand attention and command conversation. Despite his accolades, an unflattering reputation has began to follow DeLonge. Headlines claiming that DeLonge is crazy are becoming commonplace as he moves deeper into the public conversation. Theres only one problem with that, all of the slander is completely unfounded and baseless because Tom DeLonge isn’t crazy.

DeLonge outside Poway High School

DeLonge has amassed what would not be considered a conventional education. He was kicked out of Poway high school halfway through his junior year for showing up to a basketball game completely wasted. He would only spend one semester away, however, at rival school Rancho Bernardo, before coming back to Poway and being elected prom king, despite not being on the ballot. He would also graduate later that year.

In 1992, during his expulsion from Poway, DeLonge founded an entertainment company called blink-182, and after being named prom king (and graduating), DeLonge continued in the entertainment industry as a traveling businessman for his company where business trips would often relegate him to a bus for hours at a time with coworkers Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus. This is where DeLonge’s education began. Out of boredom and passion, are great things born. DeLonge, now equipped with an abundance of the precious resource of time, would transform from a dropout to a scholar. While traveling, the young entrepreneurs had to find a way to pass the time, DeLonge, who has ADHD was particularly creative. As part of his studies, according to Barker, DeLonge would get high and look out the window searching for UFOs and Bigfoot. These frequent hands-on field studies were only a small part of his independent education, as he also spend hours devouring books.

Engineering his own curriculum the way he did fosters certain advantages. Unhindered by the WOEs of a standard educational experience, DeLonge’s only roadblocks would be his own, but his obsession provided a clear path to knowledge and expertise. He got to decide what he wanted to learn and then move at his own speed. With an unbridled passion, a self-selected course path, and nothing in his way, DeLonge absorbed all the information there was to offer and quickly became an expert in his own chosen field.

DeLonge was happy with his current day job with blink-182, but would soon be thrust onto a different path. His education had made him painfully and unmistakably aware of the lack of consistent messaging on the topic. There was a power vacuum where there should have been institutional education, and it was being filled, in some cases, by fiction. The more he learned, the more he was pressured into that void. Eventually, burdened by an exceptional amount of knowledge, he was not be able to keep his findings to himself, and finally assumed the desperately needed role of an educator. Early on in this career, DeLonge successfully avoided a major pitfall that entraps many other UFO enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists. A key reason DeLonge’s claim is so compelling is because his is an argument that doesn’t prove too much. Instead of providing an elaborate array of evidence and anecdotes, DeLonge states simply and clearly, aliens exist. This claim is particularly difficult to disprove due to its concise nature. More outlandish claims, such as abductions, are more easily debunked and alleged evidence, such as crop circles and other signs, are more easily proven hoaxes.

DeLonge is clever and evasive. His initial statement says just enough to get attention, but not enough to crumble to scrutiny. It is also an admonition upon which can be easily built — and build he has. By meticulously crafting his argument, he has provided himself the luxury of being able to move forward with more evidence without having to move backwards. By carefully gathering and analyzing data and being very thoughtful in his public statements, DeLonge has spared himself of having to walk back claims that were prematurely stated. This opportunity was intentional and all comes from his 1999 statement that aliens exist. A statement that, while difficult to prove, simply cannot be disproven. Even the most bitter skeptics fail to provide even a single piece of definitive proof that DeLonge is wrong.

In DeLonge’s 1999 document he calls out the intelligence community saying, “I know the CIA would say what you hear is all hearsay.” 18 years later he was proven right when the CIA did just that. In 2017, DeLonge, through his company To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science, released three videos of unidentified aerial phenomenon. Three years later, the Pentagon would declassify the same videos. These videos were ignored and buried by the intelligence community and federal government for years fulfilling DeLonge’s 1999 prediction.

That wasn’t the only time DeLonge spoke out about the CIA. He has fantasized over the CIA exposing all of its secrets speculating, “I saw Virginia get rid of Langley and her secrets too.” Langley, of course, is where the agency is headquartered. DeLonge’s exact issues with the intelligence agency aren’t known but they have to do with the community’s persistent reluctance to confirm the existence of and explore communications with alien life.

It’s not just the public sector that has taken notice of DeLonge’s exhibitions. In 2019, History debuted a television documentary series called Unidentified. The series, executively produced by DeLonge, follows the staff of To The Stars as they research extraterrestrial threats and expose US government secret programs investigating UFOs. After the US Navy authenticated clips from the show, History green-lit another season.

Obviously, DeLonge’s arguments make perfect sense. A doubt proof thesis at the nucleus guarded by an impenetrable layer of undeniable logic. Besides, would Tom ever lie? DeLonge has been called a lot of things but a liar is not one of them. He has a history of telling the truth saying, that he is so sorry. He cannot sleep he cannot dream tonight. Of course true as dreaming does not come without sleeping DeLonge is on record as saying, “nobody likes you when you’re 23” as has been verified by most twenty-three year olds. He also claims to like the ones who say they listen to the punk rock and the kids who fight against how they were brought up, which, based on his network of those who fit that criteria, seems to be true. DeLonge has also said, “I am a child inside” as has been verified by many, many, many sources. Furthermore, when you smile he really does melt inside, and he is unworthy for even just a minute of your time. Finally, there is no reason to believe that she did not indeed leave him roses by the stairs. If he didn’t lie about about roses being by the stairs and Gary trying to grow his hair out while his friends were listening to Slayer, why would he lie about the existence of alien life? He wouldn’t. He simply has no reason to. He has a storied past showing that he is not a liar. It is clear that he has become a juggernaut of truth.

In conclusion, Tom DeLonge is obviously not crazy. His claims are not crazy. His friends are not crazy. His ideas are not crazy. He’s just smart. He’s on higher level. Time and time again DeLonge has shown that he is not crazy. A crazy person could not achieve the feats of which Tom DeLonge has. In fact, neither could a regular or average person attain that high level of accomplishment. DeLonge’s resume is not just entertaining and impressive, he has truly become a highly decorated individual. Those who try to discredit DeLonge by discrediting him must answer, could a crazy person, through a democratic process become duly elected prom king as a write-in? Could an insane person star in his own History channel television program. Could someone who is out of unstable and out of control apply pressure to the federal government and coerce the pentagon into declassifying earth shaking videos? The answer is a resounding no. In fact, the opposite may be true. The real tinfoil-hat-wearing, paranoid, crazy ones are the ones who looks at those accomplishments and try to claim that DeLonge is anything less of a genius.



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Parker Ballantyne

Parker Ballantyne

Kind of a nerd. Very observant and overly analytical. Romantic about baseball.