Friday, December 9, 2011

No leniency for assassins


    Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865, opened a new darker note in American history. After John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln, he jumped from the presidential box onto the stage at Ford’s Theater and shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis,” Latin for “Thus always to tyrants” and the motto of the state of Virginia.

     For his act, Booth was hunted down and killed by federal operators. Co-conspirators also paid a price, including the death penalty for some. The price for the nation has never been fully accounted.

     In 1981, John Hinckley Jr. made an attempt on the life of President Ronald Reagan. Ironically, Hinckley claimed no political agenda. He was just trying to get a date with actress Jodie Foster.

     This craziness earned Hinckley a supposed lifelong stay at St. Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital. But now his lawyers and his family believe he has paid enough for his attempt. Medical professionals believe his obsessions are so much better that he should be able to extend the home visits now supervised by his mother.

     Any criminal act results in terrible pain. Effects ripple well beyond the individuals directly involved. But assassination is not like other crimes. Assassination is always, intentionally or not, a much bigger act because it always changes history for all humanity.

                America has been made poorer by each assassination or attempt made on our political figures. Rehabilitation or shortened sentences are simply out of the question when considering the consequences assassins should suffer. John Hinckley forever gave up his right to determine his future when he struck at ours.




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads



 Local Weather 
Search archives:


Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.