Take any given country's Head of State and plunk him in a section of his nation where people are hostile toward him. Take away all Praetorians and policemen and protectors. Will the Head of State be killed?
That's the question asked by this blogger
, previously unknown to me. His view: In most places -- France, Canada, the UK, Argentina -- an unprotected Head of State would probably survive, although he or she might have to endure an unpleasant harangue.
The UK: No. Cameron would have a very rough time and plenty of verbal haranguing, but physical violence would be unlikely.
Canada: Ditto. Many people hate Harper, but they're unlikely to get medieval on the guy.
France: No. More likely they'd end up inviting Hollande to dinner and launching into deep debate in order to convince him of the error of his ways, with consensus over at least a couple of items reached over the calvados and cheese.
The above-linked blogger thinks that Obama, sans the Secret Service, probably wouldn't live very long in a "red" part of the U.S.
My take: A Republican president would survive a trip to both the reddest and bluest regions of America, while a Democratic president -- any
Democratic president -- would not.
If an unguarded Dubya had strolled through (say) a snootily liberal sector of San Francisco in 2007, I'm pretty sure that he would have had to endure nothing worse than a barrage of insults and a display of middle digits. But if someone were to place a Janissary-free Obama in a medium-sized town in Alabama, his lifespan could be measured in minutes. No: Seconds
That sad fact has nothing to do with Obama's race and little to do with his actual policies, which are farther to the right than most right-wingers will admit. What would seal the man's fate is the simple fact that he is a Democratic
president. C'est tout
. Although my readers may argue that he is not a true Dem in spirit, in terms of official party registration, he undeniably has a big blue (D) next to his name.
And so he would be a marked man. Our increasingly hysterical right-wing media organs exist to turn normal conservatives into crazy conservatives -- and every year, the craziness seems to get even crazier.
Case in point.
Fox Newsers are saying that homosexuality caused Elliot Roger to go on a shooting spree. That theory may be the nuttiest thing anyone has ever said about any crime in all of human history. What more could Roger have said or done to establish that he was a frustrated heterosexual?
Conservatives get a daily diet of this inflammatory nonsense. I wouldn't bet on Obama's survival in any part of the country where Fox News is considered real