I was re-reading this Heinlein classic: it’s about alien parasites that take over and control people. And no, you don’t have to look at it from their point of view.
Our heroes have discovered this: they’re about to tell the President.
” At the beginning of a forest fire or an epidemic there is a short time where a minimum of correct action will contain and destroy. What the President needed to do the Old Man had already figured out – declare a national emergency, fence off the Des Moines area, and shoot anyone who tried to slip out. ”
” The Old Man’s unique gift weas the ability to reason logically with unfamiliar, hard-to-believe facts as easily as with the commonplace. Not much, eh? Most minds stall dead when faced with facts that conflict with basic beliefs ; ” I-just-can’t-believe-it ” is all one word to highbrows and dimwits alike. ”