I'll commemorate the 30th anniversary of the attempted assassination of President Reagan with this thought:
It’s not very (small-d) democratic for our president to enjoy the elaborate security web that we’ve developed over the last half century. If one citizen is thousands of times (millions?) more important to protect than another something is wrong with how we’re running things. And if an entire metropolis grinds to a crawl when the president drives through town, we have at least the trappings of a monarchy.