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