"Thirteen people have tried to kill the president of the United States. Four have succeeded. These murderers and would-be murderers are generally dismissed as maniacs and misfits who have little in common with the rest of us.
Assassins suggests otherwise. Assassins suggests that while these individuals are, to say the least, peculiar - taken as a group they are all peculiarly American. And that, behind the variety of motives which they articulated for their murderous outbursts, they share a common purpose: a desperate desire to reconcile intolerable feelings of impotence with an inflamed and malignant sense of entitlement.
Why do these dreadful events happen here, with such horrifying frequency, and in such an appallingly similar fashion? Assassins suggests it is because we live in a country whose most cherished national myths, at least as currently propagated, encourage us to believe that in America our dreams not only can come true, but should come true, and that if they don’t, someone or something is to blame.”
-John Weidman, librettist of Assassins.