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Pardon Billy the Kid and then pardon John Wilkes Booth

One story that keeps cropping up in the Albuquerque news is whether the current governor will grant a pardon to Billy the Kid.

The issue centers on whether the then-governor, Lew Wallace, promised a pardon in exchange for the Kid's testimony, or whether a pardon was simply hinted at to get Billy to cooperate- in effect tricking him.

Either way I would say it seems to show that politicians weren't any more honest back then than they are now.

Many people might complain that this is a silly thing for a governor to be concerning himself with. Everyone actually connected with the case has been dead for a very long time, and the real truth of what was promised or lied about, as well as whether Billy the Kid was really a bad guy or not, is obscured by the time that has passed.

Maybe it is silly for this to be a government concern. Everything government does is silly at best and harmful at worst. However, as long as The State wastes time worrying about long-dead politicians and their broken promises to long-dead outlaws, The State isn't worrying about, and planning, new ways to molest the rest of us. This can only be good. It's like when all the cops are snarfing down donuts at the donut shop instead of harassing drivers. Let's encourage them to engage in useless, but harmless, exercises! At least until we can fire them all.

Along similar lines, I'd like to get the ball rolling on a pardon for John Wilkes Booth for his freelance trial, sentencing, and justified execution of that murderous tyrant Abraham Lincoln.


  • Roger Young 4 years ago

    Kent- I’m glad to see you mention one of my top ten heroes- J. W. Booth. All Americans (particularly black people) should be grateful to this man. Lincoln was intent on having all blacks deported to colonies in Africa and Central America. Considering the already brutal treatment of his own people during his reign, there’s no telling what evil plans he had in mind for the future.

    Booth was just as justified in killing Lincoln as the mobs who executed Mussolini and Ceauşescu. Sic Semper Tyrannis!

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    Kent McManigal 4 years ago

    Yep. While Billy the Kid may have actually been a bad guy, JWB was not- at least in his action that is most remembered.

  • Jenn 4 years ago

    What? I did not know this about Lincoln....

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