With a gun - Even if you fail.
Sara Jane Moore was paroled from prison yesterday after trying to assassinate Gerald Ford on September 22, 1975. I never understood why someone would have cared enough to try to kill Ford. At least Squeaky Fromme had the whole Manson thing, so it didn't make sense, but there was an "explanation."
It's weird to think about presidents being assassinated. To me that's something of other generations. It's material for a musical. But less than a week after the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and with constant news of murdered journalists and peace workers around the world, today it seems real. There is so much killing around the world, and in the United States, that I usually just think of the special headline stories as just another part of that. In some ways the death of one individual is nothing compared to all the rest, and in other ways it can have so much greater of an impact and even lead to far more deaths.
Okay, that's enough depressing talk for the new year. Maybe this will be the year that we move a little closer to world peace... Or maybe we will at least get another great Sondheim musical soon.