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Friday, February 22, 2008

Where's Oliver Stone?

DALLAS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Secret Service told Dallas police to stop screening for weapons while people were still arriving at a campaign rally for Barack Obama, a report said.

Hm. I hope those aren't the same cryptofascist agents in Dallas who put the top down for JFK's Lincoln Continental and diverted the car to pass by the Texas Schoolbook Depository window ("at the last minute").

Seriously, on three separate occassions now I've heard people darkly predict that Barrack would be assassinated.

The first time was from someone who I knew was a racist (which is pathetic in this day and age), and I dismissed it as the wishful thinking of his type.

I told him those days are past.

The second time was from a European friend of mine (a Spaniard), a good natured man who predicted that would happen because he didn't have the highest opinion of American culture and came to that prediction because of typically European prejudices against America (e.g. we're racist, violent, etc.).

I told him, too, that those days were past.

Then, on CBS News, anchor Harry Smith stunned Ted Kennedy with a line of questioning regarding the potential for a Barack Obama assassination.

Well. There are always potential assassins out there, for every president (hence the Secret Service) and even presidential primary contenders (e.g. RFK), so politicians--especially lightning-rods for attention like Barrack--should be afforded security in proportion to their prominence and the threat-levels to their personal safety.

However, we have indeed come a long way. African Americans are a visible, contributive, and integral part of American culture, and, IM(not so)HO, attacks on politicians today would far more likely come from unhinged, partisan considerations than superficial ones (e.g. racist motives).

Furthermore, political assassins much more often than not have an anarchist and/or socialist leftist mindset (as presidential assassins and assassination attempters are wont to have, with the exception of the first one, John Wilkes Booth-- who was, nevertheless, a drama-queen equivalent to today's Hollywood Bush-hating liberal-- and Garfields assassin, Charles Julius Guiteau, who was a [Stalwart] Republican but delusional), so I think the Secret Service should still keep most of its muscle behind the hated white guys Bush and Cheney than the beloved populist Barrack.

Those days are past.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

political assassins much more often than not have an anarchist and/or socialist leftist mindset

Which is probably why the Secret Service thinks Obama is safe... as he is the candidate of the anarcho- socialists in this election.

1:52 PM  
Blogger John said...

Right. They shrugged "Looks like a friendly crowd. No worries."

6:29 AM  

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