Monday, June 02, 2008
Target or Not?
With America torn by a deeply unpopular war, a charismatic candidate for president seems to offer hope and inspire the younger generation — until, in June, an assassin's bullet destroys the dream.
When Sirhan Sirhan killed Robert Kennedy 40 years ago this week, it completed a troika that defined that American decade: Like the assassinations of his older brother, president John F. Kennedy, and civil-rights giant Martin Luther King Jr., the death of Robert Kennedy remains seared in the American consciousness.
Now, another young, single-term senator, Barack Obama, has stoked new political passions and, with them, fresh fears. From ugly Internet threats to incautious and inexplicable comments by his rival, Hillary Clinton, no one has been targeted in assassination speculation like Mr. Obama.
Ms. Clinton was savaged last week for saying that "we all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California." No one quite accused her of suggesting that she was hanging on against all odds in the race for the Democratic nomination because the apparent winner might yet be killed. But outraged critics accused her of grasping insensitivity while the Obama camp smugly watched her squirm.
Yet, from truck stops to barber shops to the dinner parties of Washington's chattering classes, there's patter about whether Mr. Obama can survive his bid to be the first black president of the United States. The mere mention of it in a New York Times story last January sent "assassinate Obama" into the top 100 Google search terms, after his primary victory in Iowa turned his bid for the White House into a serious possibility. Any prospective American leader faces huge risks, but no less an authority than the Secret Service, the agency charged with protecting presidents, sees the threat to Mr. Obama as especially dire.
When you cannot defeat your opponent fair and square and you are part of a huge syndicate of multi-billion dollar fat cats what ever do you do?
Something stupid? Stupid to us but survival for them. Like a baby screams when his sucker is removed from his drippy little mouth, so the relevant money whores scream bloody murder when there pile of bucks and power is in jeopardy, and might just commit murder to retain the cush life.
The main thing is us ordinary folks will never have anything that might help us. We are too far down the money ladder for that, you cannot fight BIG BUCKS and they know it so keeping our hands off of their cash pile is what it is all about.
Dangling the carrot in front of us has commenced, it remains to be seen if we will ever get a bite or get bit instead.