assassins?

United States
August 8, 2008 9:47am CST
A man was arrested yesterday who had plans and weapons to assassinate Obama and, interestingly, George Bush. Some "southern traditionalists" have made bets on how long it will take before Obama is assassinated. Are our politician set up for death as soon as their hats are in the ring? Can they be effectively protected?
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@night71 (97)
• Canada
9 Aug 08
America has too many issues and no good presidents. The only good ones are assassinated. I am surprised Bush lasted this long. He would be arrested in France for war crimes if he went there. Americans presidents are predetermined by the government themselves, not by the people. Look at how Bush got his brother to rig votes for his second stay. Obama will be lucky if he makes it in considering his strange name and ties to religious hate groups. On the other hand, you guys dont have many options for presidents. If Bush survived this long without a hit, Obama will too. Unlike Canadian leaders, American leaders seem to be encased in titanium and very well protected.
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• United States
9 Aug 08
Night, your thoughtful response shows that, once again, our newbies ar bringing in good thinking. Welcome! For all the elections I can remember, there were clear leaders among the choices. This time, that's not so. Both Obama and McCain are different. Much of the appeal for both is celebrity, whether McCain likes it or not; his POW years brought him celebrity status. Obama's celebrity comes from the way he represents change, which we need so desperately. I don't think Bush was much beyond a fool until we found out all the horrible things he did to this country behind our backs. Most of those who would want to assassinate him play golf with him! It's painful to consider it, but since the 60s, people who get too well-known as makers of channge become targets. We need better safety and, to be candid, better candidates. Many people look to Obama as one sho could restore Kennedy's Camelot. Many see McCain as a return to the militaristic vsions of Eisenhower, with general practically the only support on their team. We need to move forward and meet our futures fac-to-face, and really work hard at inculcating strong senses of integrity and excellence in this and other countries.
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
9 Aug 08
Cobra I don't think they protect our Presidents like they used to. It's all about power and greed. It truly makes me sad to see what has happened to our government. We as individuals need to step up and demand what is right. We have the ability to remove the very people who are destroying our democracy. They are there to look out for our interest but instead they are too busy looking out for themselves. There was a time when we protected our President at all cost, not anymore. Our elected officials have no respect for our elected Presidents. We need to start caring and start electing people who truly want what is best for our country. leenie
• United States
9 Aug 08
Leenie, you're so right! I think doing away with the electoral college would solve a lot of these problems, when politicians and others realize they really do have to answer to all of us, not just interested () parties! Corruption has to be wiped out so our government will once again be of, for and by the people. American people can be trusted. We don't need a group of politically chosen people to make our votes. Respect could make huge strides if the people of the US weren't so easily ignored in favor of special interests and personal agendas.
@ngaspero (851)
• Italy
8 Aug 08
It's terrible but I think that's possible, the past teach and what happened to Kennedy's must thinks at that, did you look the movie of Oliver Stone, yes is a movie but..with a lot of study behind..so not only a movie Nun
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• United States
9 Aug 08
Oliver Stone has his own agenda -- doesn't everyone, but he makes sure that his films make clear what is fact and what is conjecture. Yes, he has shown us some hard-to-swallow truths!
@gabbana (1815)
• China
8 Aug 08
i can hardly comment on your discussion cause it involves a little politics. anyway, have a good day.
• United States
8 Aug 08
Isn't that why we're in this interest section?
@gabbana (1815)
• China
9 Aug 08
i don't comment on politics not because i deliberately avoid such questions, but because i don't know much about it. :))
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Hello Cobrateacher, It's nice to visit with you again, and over such a great question. The Castro Brothers, and Chavez remain safe because they run fascist, totalitarian administrations. They have no allegiance to any Bill of Rights, and anyone who defies the state is either imprisoned for life, in a fatal accident, or executed. It shames me that my fellow citizens would even consider placing bets on when a political assassination will take place. Yet, I've known gambling addicts who have bet 5k on what color shorts a boxer will wear -- go figure! The assassination threat is not only directed toward politicians. Athletes, movie stars, rock stars, ... basically anyone of notariety is at risk. Why? What is the problem? We have ceased to demand civility from ourselves. Our societal systems teach us that we need fear no one. Parents are shackled -- they cannot disciple their children without fear of CYF intervention. Teachers are shackled -- they cannot discipline students for fear of law suits. Even the Police are shackled by Defense attorneys, our overly litigious society, and rotating judicial doors. Can anyone be "effectively protected"? No, I don't believe so -- it's all a crap-shoot. Until we successfully re-focus ourselves, our children, and our educational system on a return to teaching the values of self-responsibility, self-respect and respect for all levels of authority (essentially Honor), then I'd say that the best defense is a good offense -- "Concealed Carry" and self-defense training! Oh how I wish that I didn't believe that with all my heart, but I do.
@ravinskye (8245)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Wow, you know I never really thought about Obama being in danger any more than any other president. But I guess him being black and people thinking his is muslim is going to put him in more danger. I don't know how effectively they can protect him. Surely these days they are better protected than past presidents that were assassinated, but it still is probably possible someone could get to them.
• United States
8 Aug 08
People who enter public life are aware they have to take extra precautions, but how far does it go? We have lost some of the greatest leaders to assassins, and some of the worst are still around, oppressing their people. There's probably some sense there somewhere, but it's beyond me!
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
8 Aug 08
I believe that every politician is in potential danger from the moment he announces he's running for any office, there are just too many people out there with "issues" and weapons these days. As for how effectively they can be protected, I was there when Governor George Wallace was shot in Laurel, Md. in 1972. He had a security detail but it's impossible to watch every movement made by every person in a crowd so I don't believe that Obama or McCain are any safer than Wallace was.
• United States
8 Aug 08
To be perfectly honest, I've often thought that, if assassins could kill the Kennedy brothers and Dr. King in the sixties, nobody's safe. Then I look about 90 miles from here, and I see that the Castro brothers are still alive and oppressing the people oc=f Cuba. How do they stay safe?
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