New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) says he wants to issue a posthumous (obviously) pardon to famed Old West outlaw Billy the Kid.
How stupid is this? Our country is screwed and this is something Governor Richardson considers worth his time? Despite all the romanticism of the Old West stories, Billy the Kid was a criminal who shot and killed police officers. Needless to say, the descendants of Pat Garrett are not pleased.
Three of the late lawman’s grandchildren sent a letter to Richardson this week that asked him not to pardon the outlaw, saying such an act would represent an “inexcusable defamation” of Garrett.
“If Billy the Kid was living amongst us now, would you issue a pardon for someone who made his living as a thief and, more egregiously, who killed four law enforcement officers and numerous others?” the Garrett family wrote.
The issue has resurfaced because Richardson asked a New Mexico columnist earlier this year to check with historians to measure their support for issuing a pardon. The governor plans to meet with Garrett family members next week to discuss the issue.
I don’t even care that much about the issue of whether it’s right or wrong. My questions is why are we even discussing such a meaningless matter as this?
This plays into what Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah (my new hero) said last week about all the stupid votes in Congress recognizing sporting achievements:
WASHINGTON — House Democrats and Republicans have put aside their differences this year to honor the likes of golfer Phil Mickelson, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, NASCAR driver Jimmy Johnson and the Penn State women’s volleyball team.
But when it came time this week to memorialize the start of the 142nd season of the Saratoga race course in New York, one freshman lawmaker decided he’d had enough.
“It’s an absolute embarrassment,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announcing on the House floor a vow to vote against all future sports resolutions.
He worried that there were kids in the visitors’ gallery who would go back home and, asked whether Congress was talking about war or debt, reply: “Oh no, they were honoring a race course.”
“It’s terribly frustrating,” Chaffetz said.
Amen, brother! Bunch of damned nonsense.