This is not a political website, and this story is not meant to favor one candidate or the other. Instead, it is a brief inside look at what happens nowadays when Big Washington descends on Hometown America. Something is very wrong with this picture.

We have confirmed the truth of this story. It is an accurate description of what took place in a little town in Oregon when the Bush Campaign arrived a few days ago.

It is a symptom of the total disconnect between the government and the people. Somebody needs to come back down to earth and remember who we are: humble, hard-working, ordinary folks. All of us, including our leaders.

Writing in the Oregonian, Paul Murdoch of Jacksonville, Ore., described a recent presidential campaign visit:

“This is an idyllic place, caught in a very pleasant time wrinkle. We’re tucked into a corner of the Rogue Valley, where the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains come together. We have a low tolerance for excitement. We haven’t seen a sitting president in town since Rutherford B. Hayes. He complained about the hotel bill.

“Just where things got out of hand, I couldn’t say. I guess everybody was amped up, including the local police recruited for the event. No one was quite sure what to do. At one point, the Secret Service requested that police clear an area. Police wanted protesters to move down the street but stay on the sidewalk. There were too many people for that, so some slipped into the street.

“Police in riot gear and face shields responded with paintball guns. They fired capsicum pepper pellets into the crowd. Someone fell down. The man who stopped to help him up was hit seven times in the back.

“Our local police chief was upset at the turn of events. He’s a very nice man. Things just got out of hand.

“The next morning, the president left. Same procession. The cereal box he ate from was featured on the front page of the local paper.

“At the end of it all, I was struck by one thing: How much do you suppose all this cost”

To read Mr. Murdoch’s full story in the Oregonian, click here.

Reflect that there are many more modest ways to keep our leaders perfectly safe without all of this brouhaha. Sometime soon, Washington DC had better rejoin the rest of this country. Right now, it’s more like an occupying power than what it should be, the strong heart of a good and gentle nation.

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Unknowncountry is not a political website, and those of uswho work here are a cross-section of many differentpolitical opinions. However, we are all of one mind,conservatives, liberals, moderates and unclassifiables, thatsomething is deeply and profoundly wrong with Washington.Not because one party or another is in power. But becauseWashington, across the board, is beginning to act like anout-of-touch occupying power, not the capital of a free nation.

The fact that there needs to be security around officials isnot an excuse. Whitley often tells the story of LBJ’s visitto his uncle’s home in Odessa, Texas, right after he waselected president. He came in a single limo followed by onecarload of secret service. That was it. And this was apresident who was there in the middle of a war, andobviously, given what had happened to JFK and RFK, under atleast as much security pressure as exists now.

So the terrorist threat is no excuse. The crazy securityjuggernaut that now surrounds our political leaders is asymptom of bureaucracy allowed to go wild. Washington needsa reminder that it, also, is just an ordinary part ofordinary America.

Read our new Insight report to see what happened when one ofthe presidential campaigns arrived in a small town in Oregon…Click here.

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