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Sorry, Leftism: You Don’t Get to Disown the Polanski List

Only a relativist could sign that horrid thing. And that's your invention, your trade. (Also see PJTV: Hollywood's Lame Defense of Roman Polanski.)

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David Steinberg

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October 2, 2009 - 5:36 am
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The second wave of backlash to Polanski’s arrest consists of a majority of leftists joining the right, all raging against Hollywood’s defense of his behavior, relieving parents everywhere that the despicable “Free Roman Polanski” petition is anomalous to the left-leaning — not at all representative of the philosophy as a whole.

They shouldn’t relax too much. It’s farce. Leftism owns that petition, no matter what it says to divorce itself from its amoral horror.

The left isn’t misrepresenting its position on Polanski, but just as surely they aren’t remotely upholding honesty. You simply don’t get to draw lines and make stands when you’ve made a career of relativity. You don’t get to do that and redefine good and bad based on the tides and expect to be embraced beyond the tide change.

The majority of the left doesn’t now stand for rape-rape, or even sorta rape — they say it’s not ever permissible or excusable.

No sir, and certainly not today.

That is all you should let yourself conclude after flitting through those same leftists’ prior work. When they allow themselves to move the uncrossable line, calibrating right and wrong to the news cycle, you only get to take solace that the left thinks Polanski a monster now, until a more favorable comparison arises.

Left-leaning and despise Polanski and the petition? Check your archives.

Ever apologize for a terrorist? Ever empathize with a suicide killer or his cause, researching the struggles of his upbringing while that special breed of emergency personnel was still washing his victims’ organs from the pizza parlor? Death by shrapnel is a worse fate than Polanski’s victim suffered, don’t you know, and Polanski witnessed unspeakable horror prior to his crime, too.

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