John Wilkes Booth's father once threatened president Jackson. Now we know that insanity ran in the Booth family. How else do you explain threatening a former POW, who was known for dueling, once coldly took aim and shot a man to death while bleeding from a bullet the man had fired into his shoulder, and who BEAT his own would-be assassin with his cane until THE ASSASSIN had to be rescued by bystanders?
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.