03 January 2008

Statute of Limitations on Deeds

I propose a statute of limitations on deeds, both good and bad. Just because a movement may have done some modicum of good at the turn of the last century, doesn't mean that the folks who claim they are part of the same tradition have some greater moral authority than those that oppose them.

Likewise, if people who share a faith, or creed, or political affiliation with a group that may have expressed itself in really bad ways decades ago, doesn't mean that folks within those organizations now are cupable for past foulness.

To be more specific, the WGA strike supporters tend to fall back on the tired old line, 'but you'd still be working 70 hours a week and making 50 cents a day if it weren't for the good and glorious unions' (just peruse this comment section for example). First, that's a load of crock, and besides, given my proposed statue of limitations, even if what the union supporters claim is true (a point that I am unwilling to concede), so what? The WGA has nothing to do with Eugene Debs (not that his authoritarian anti-free market populism was anything to strive towards), comfortable overpaid scribes in a pampered, wasteful, and well compensated industry aren't going to starve if they remain locked out, have options out their lazy butts even if they could never write again (folks like to say LA is a 'company town' but that's far from the truth), and can thank the expansive and varied global economy for all the wealth and prosperity that's available to them for the asking.

Meanwhile, some folks demand that Mitt Romney answer for some of the past whackiness of his chosen faith. Latter Day Saints have made peace with their past, and changed with the times, anybody who uses doctrine from decades ago for their own political purposes are jerks (and I'm no fan of Romney in general, but I get tired of all that guilt by association business).

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