At some sort of rally in Philadelphia, someone apparently hucked a book at President Obama while he was on stage. Obama was probably doing what he does best, talking.
Three things instantly came to mind. First, it did not appear that the book was a first edition "War and Peace." It was thin and had it actually hit him, it is doubtful that it would have knocked any sense into him. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1319448/Obama-book-thrown-Philadelphia-rally.html
Secondly, it reminded me of how utterly useless the Secret Service is at preventing real attacks. They serve some deterrent effect for lunatic opportunists like Squeaky Fromme and mainly I think that all of that looking around they do is a reminder that a small army of men and women and dogs will descend upon any attacker forthwith and seal their fate. That in turn reminded of the myth of "pro active" law enforcement. The idea that law enforcement actually prevents crime. It was and still is- a grand delusion.
What saddens me most about all of this, is how angry this nation has become. They are mad. I see it everywhere. People out of work, frustrated, hurling insults and books it seems, at whatever person, place, or thing they deem as the source of their frustration.
I don't see it getting better. And I don't expect Obama to wake up anytime soon, rollover in bed, and say, "Michelle, I've been doing this all wrong. We need to end the fed, and install real campaign reform. Our country needs to stand up and admit we are a mess and administer the medicine that it will take to get well. It will be painful and it will cause a lot of suffering. We need to dismantle and reform government, we need to set the example."
Rather what I envision happening, is that Obama is sensing that he is a failure. He is lashing out on many fronts and entrenching himself in ego. Hurling insults, or books, at him is pathetic and cowardly. You see, Obama doesn't realize that he is part of the same old problem. A 50 year problem. Hurling insults and books at this cat, won't do a damn bit of good. He just doesn't know he is part of the problem. Ask him, and he might tell you he is the solution. He is just going to entrench himself even further. Become angry like the rest of us. Hell, he is already there.
Obama has the same problem, the same common denominator, as the rest of us. We have created a monster and it is terrorizing and pillaging the country. Man, I hope we can do something a little better than throw books at each other or we're in a lot of trouble.