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Another President, Another Assassination Attempt

November 17, 2011
Thank goodness the name of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez is not going to go down in American history alongside Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth.

If anything, he seems a little more like the shoe bomber having tried to harm the president by firing at the White House while the president was 3000 miles away. Still, a bullet was stopped only by protective glass and that's frightening.

It's always crazy to extrapolate from the actions of the deranged. Less than a year ago, Gabby Giffords would-be assassin offered certain proof, to some, that the tea party was upending our country which was unfair in the extreme. American assassins may have some political leanings but they tend to be dabblers. Their real cause is in their head. The progression of young, unmoored men from Oswald to John Hinckley seems more proof that paranoia is a curse of youth than evidence that ideology is to blame.

In 2008, the not so quiet fear about the historic Obama candidacy in '08 was that some lunatic white supremacist would take it upon himself to make sure there was no first African-American president. Thank God that didn't happen. Who would have guessed that the first person charged with trying to kill the president would turn out, at first glance anyway, to be the typical American political assassin wannabe whose aim was a continent off?
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