Is this really
necessary? At least 40 motorcycle cops gathered and waiting
in Pioneer Square, a small fraction of visiting President Obama's
and security detail. Sidewalks were barricaded, streets and highway
closed without warning, a big expensive mess of pomp and circumstance
all for just one man. Hard to imagine it not going to a person's head.
any of this excess consistent with the ideals of democracy? What does a
democratically elected representative of a free people have to fear?
Terrorists? Rightwing assassins? Perhaps. Even so, mightn't there be a
ostentatious way to ferry his eminence from photo op to fundraiser?
it's a grand parade fit for an emperor which pre-empts the lives of the
who subsidize the spectacle, some of whom might even take foolish pride