Where Do People Get the Idea that Assassination of the P.O.T.U.S. will Change Anything?

Uncle Doc J

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I watched The History(squared) Channel's America's Book of Secrets "Secret Service"-episode and learned that--though we often paint the President as 'just another company-executive out there doing what he thinks is in shareholders' best interest'--the danger of the position (with something like four successful assassinations and about twelve unsuccessful attempts) is exponentially higher than that of any other position in the world!

But I wonder Why? For instance, what did John Wilkes Booth change about America's destiny by offing Abraham Lincoln? The ABoS-episode said that Booth may have been part of a conspiracy to off Lincoln, his Vice-President and his ... the one that would be President if both the President AND Vice-President had died, the Secretary-of-State?---a conspiracy to kill the leaders in order to kick-off a resurgence of the Confederate Revolution. But that wouldn't have happened, would it?

And now we've the Secret Service (which was originally--and might still be--in charge of protecting the Federal Reserve) protecting the President like they're chaperoning him through a war-zone! No wonder Presidents so-frequently make all kinds of wrong decisions!
 

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Conspiracy theorists believe that presidents who were deemed to be a threat to a secret group of people who wanted to control the U.S government were assassinated so others who were more malleable could take their place.

Nonetheless on face value, the assassinations of presidents didn't make any difference. Party positions on key issues remain the same, foreign policies remains the same, etc, etc.
 

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I would think more "lone wolf" types would be after POTUS. Similar to the mass shooting perpetrators who believe their actions will show the world something, or teach society a lesson. As far as an assassination changing anything, perhaps the VP would have a hard time with actually becoming elected and thus give a different party a better chance at taking over the office.
 

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Killing a president won't change nothing, it's amazing how every social fabric or political/social decision is attributed to the president. There's a whole populace which is bringing new ideas, and politicians are introducing them into society. Don't blame Obama for them. The people are changing and it will influence societal ideals.
 

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Killing a president won't change nothing, it's amazing how every social fabric or political/social decision is attributed to the president. There's a whole populace which is bringing new ideas, and politicians are introducing them into society. Don't blame Obama for them. The people are changing and it will influence societal ideals.
Well, 'they say' that the President "sets the tone" for his time in office---i.e. that 'whatever direction our nation/economy takes during the time President Obama's in office' will be known-as "his years" (e.g. the Reagan years were good, the Bush Sr. years were okay, the Clinton years were ... scandalous?)

The History (2) Channel went on to say something about conspiracy ... there's always "a Mole, a Patsy, and Technician(s)." The Technician(s) plans the whole thing out, getting information from the Mole(s) (people they plant inside the administration) and then send in the Patsy---someone who's otherwise uninvolved but who is highly-trained (usually a former-military person).

Maybe the Presidents do it to themselves, kinda like Bruce Wayne in Nolan's BATMAN trilogy (in which he used Bane's nuclear bomb to fake his death to cover his secret escape to Europe).
 

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