Posted BY: Monica Showalter
Name an assassination, and it nearly always has horrible, far-reaching, consequences.
Gavrilo Princip’s assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand triggered World War I. Charlotte Corday’s assassination of Jean-Paul Marat intensified the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Fanny Kaplan’s attempted assassination of V.I. Lenin in 1918, left him enfeebled for years, giving an opening to Stalin.
In the U.S., another such disaster with far-ranging consequences, according to Paul F. Petrick, writing for Issues & Insights this morning, was the 1881 assassination of President James Garfield, by Charles J. Guiteau, a disgruntled campaign worker.
Guiteau’s evil act ushered in the dawn of the deep state.