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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Andy Martin on Barack Obama's obsession with security in Denver

The "Emperor Obama" arrives in Denver--and closes an interstate highway. Andy Martin makes an appeal to Senator John McCain to "remain one of us, not become one of them," and criticizes Obama for excessive security at the Democratic National Convention.

The "Emperor Obama" arrives in Denver--and closes an interstate highway
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(DENVER, CO)(DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION)(August 28, 2008) The area surrounding the Pepsi Center where Democrats are meeting in Denver is a vast, lifeless moonscape for most of each day. Protesters are penned like hogs. Roads distant from the Center are closed because of "security concerns." Spontaneity is absent. "Secret Service" police terrorize even innocent visitors to distant areas of the arena perimeter.

And later today the Emperor Obama will close I-25 because he is concerned about "threats" to his security.

Democracy is dying in America, and Barack Obama will be the death of democracy. Like some African dictator, an American Mugabe, Obama is obsessed with his security. He demanded Secret Service protection over a year ago, based on "threats" that were never proven and never ripened into any criminal accusations. He was just scared.

And, as if on cue, this week began with reports of a "White Supremacist" plot to threaten Emperor Obama in Denver. I suspected the plot would disappear after the election in November. But it took only 24 hours for the escapade to dissolve into some sort of drug-addled expedition having not the remotest threat to Obama. The United States Attorney was forced to admit evidence was lacking, after the sensational publicity of the "White Supremacist Plot" had been widely broadcast.

I don't expect presidents to return to the days when President Harry Truman could walk along the streets of downtown Washington, but something is drastically wrong with the way we protect our presidents and presidential candidates.

In my opinion, Obama has a character flaw that compels him to equate differences of opinion with threats to his personal security. He has manipulated the Secret Service into a form of Soviet secret police. To protect him from his imaginary demons.

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post wrote recently that Obama now has a "security bubble" larger than President Bush's. Obama only became the official candidate this week. Milbank aptly called Obama the "presumptuous candidate." The bubble will no doubt grow. If Obama is elected--heaven forefend--the bubble will in time come to encompass all of downtown Washington. Who knows what threats could lurk beyond the horizon against a "President Obama?" Better to lock down America than risk Obama.

Fear is now the driving force in presidential politics and the presidency. No security measure is too extreme to merit rejection by the Secret Service. Our leaders become more and remote from the led. Is this healthy?

When you combine Obama's paranoia about threats to himself, with his equally self-destructive passion for control and secrecy, we have the making of America's first dictator. An African-American version of Richard Nixon. Democrats were the party that battled President Bush over FISA, but Obama defected from his party and voted for FISA amendments that gave greater power to U. S. intelligence and security agencies, and the president himself.

Is it really necessary to shut down an interstate highway in Denver so that Obama can give a speech au naturel or al fresco? Did anyone contemplate or calculate the disruption inherent in closing down a vital highway for hours, all so Barry Obama can blather on about "change" and "hope?" Is there no limit, no concern for others, in his mania for photo-ops? (I am not even writing at this time about the paper maché Greek temple that he is apparently using as a backdrop, and what that says about Obama's convoluted psyche.)

Ironically, it is the Republican candidate, a former military man, Senator John McCain who recognizes the threat posed by the Secret Service to American democracy. McCain refused Secret Service protection even after it was clear he would be the Republican Party nominee. His refusal to accept a Secret Service bubble triggered a contretemps in Congress.

Sadly, the controversy over McCain's refusal of Secret Service protection forced him to accept the "bubble."

What did McCain realize that Obama doesn't? Maybe they should both ask Hillary Clinton.

The Secret Service "bubble" destroyed her politically. Because American taxpayers apparently will subsidize every aspect of her life for the rest of her life, Clinton became a desiccated candidate who withered in the bubble while trying to campaign among the "people." She didn't have to pump gas for a car she was driving, or perform any of the other functions which normal Americans perform every day (New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg rides the subway to work, even though he is a billionaire).

And, while the liberal media were only too happy to condemn Senator McCain for the lavish lifestyle he enjoys, Keith Olbermann was noticeably silent about the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by the Clinton family, for life, at the taxpayers' expense. No one pays for McCain's services. Clinton even has Secret Service doolies to pump her gas. I hope and pray John and Cindy, not the Secret Service, pump gas for themselves.

Had Clinton lived an everyday life, and interacted with everyday people on normal basis, she would have developed the personality that could have propelled her to the Democratic nomination. Sadly, she lacked the "common touch" until she started losing primaries. It was only then that Senator Clinton recognized she had to get out among ordinary people, kick back and be one of the guys (girls?). And she was pretty good at meeting and greeting people once she tried it.

Obsessive security by security services eventually leads to electoral dictatorships. That is, people still get to "vote," but the governed become a backdrop for the media and government functionaries, instead of being the prime movers in the political life of the nation.

I can't appeal to Barry Obama to rethink his obsessive, paranoid security demands because he wallows in the thrill of being protected from all those "White Supremacists" that he imagines want to do him harm. No doubt he also considers ballot boxes instruments of white supremacy.

But I do appeal to Senator John McCain.

Senator McCain, please rein in the Secret Service. We all know threats exist, and we all know that presidents need to be protected. But the balance between risk and security must be recalibrated and tilted towards risk, in order to maintain closer contact with people. I can’t say for sure, but I would believe that had George Bush been closer to the people, he might have avoided some of the fiascoes of the past eight years.

Imbibe of the wisdom of Joe and Jane Sixpack on a regular basis. Trust the people. Do not succumb to the paranoia of the security services. By all means make them do their jobs. But don't let the Secret Service interfere with you doing your job. Stay close to us, the American people. Listen to what we have to say.

The "Imperial Presidency," or in Obama's case the "Imperial Candidacy," that destroyed presidents in the past, and that we thought had been dismantled, has once again come back in the modern age with even more arrogance and obsessiveness. The "Imperial Presidency" brought down presidents who lost touch and wanted to be insulated from the people. In time it will bring down Obama.

Please don't let Obama-style pretensions to imperialism destroy your candidacy or future administration. We need a president who will retrace the steps of Harry Truman. Not Richard Nixon or Barack Obama.

Be the president of all the people, not just the president of the Secret Service. And thank you Senator McCain, for remaining one of us and not becoming one of them.
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