On this day in 1865 Mary Surratt was arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination. In the scorched earth pattern that would characterize many other US assassinations & blow-ups, Surratt & the other alleged conspirators where rushed through a kangaroo military court and hanged before they could get used to the mattresses in their jail cells. Barn where booth was cornered was burned with him alive in it, and some soldier "without orders" shot him. Oddly enough, Booth had been keeping a diary in which he wrote about his plans to assassinate Lincoln.
Nobody bothered to ask whether Lincoln was worth more dead than alive to the Red Republicans, & whether some one else might have had reason to murder him. No need to, that is, after all the "perpetrators" had already been burned, shot, or hanged.
Here's something for y'all in Virginia I don't usually do. Talked to Karen Kwiatkowski (Ka-tao-skee) who is running for the 6th US congressional district seat (think Shenandoah Valley). She retired from the US Air Force as a Lt. Colonel & writes on www.lewrockwell.com, so I checked out her positions on the issues. I have to say it looks like we agree 95% (although I retired from the Army after two years as a Spec-4). Most of all, she and her husband are farmers, & she understands the need for clean, local food. She understands the need for human liberty, & how the federal government is squelching it. Given how utterly execrable most congressional candidates are, I was astonished to see Karen's principles. She deserves supporting. See KarenKforCongress.com.