So, now we know slavery wasn't a crime until the closing months of the civil war,
You sound a lot like the LOSER for the Society who says "We didn't know child sexual molestation was a crime until recently." What's her name? Dr Gail Bethea something.
Ohkaaaayyyy then. Yeah, that's the ticket. No one ever heard it was WRONG to own another human being.
In cases where damages are sought, as in this one, they can only be awarded from the property of heirs
Perhaps you should read what I wrote more closely. I clearly stated:
I DO NOT advocate reparations from taxpayers.
On the other hand, I would LOVE to yank every god-damned dollar from fradulent organizations like the Carnegie Institute.
If the people who never had anything to do with slavery, ie, you and I, should not be paying for it then others whose families DID exploit other humans should not be benefitting from it.
You futher state:
It seems clear to me that the claim of some Americans decendant from slaves, that they are entitled to "40 acres and Bentley" are unfounded, and without merit, as no law was broken, that was on the books at time their slavery was in effect.
and yet I can think of SEVERAL multi-million dollar lawsuits off the top of my head that invoked MORAL outrage, but skirted the law.
For instance: Is smoking a cigarette illegal? No, it never was. However, the tobacco companies purposely hid information which clearly showed that cigarette smoking kills. They were severly penalized IN A COURT OF LAW because of their morally reprehensible deceit.
Was it illegal for factories in the early 20th century to exploit and kill their workers as described in Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle?" No, it wasn't. But it was morally reprehensible, and not until A REVOLUTION took place did the government begin to involve itself in workplace safety. Factories are still paying the price in terms of having to deal with unions.
Was it illegal to treat Mexican farmworkers like shit? Not until someone named Cesar Chavez rallied the farmworkers to demand their rights. The same farmers who exploited Mexicans like dirty animals are now paying the price, as we passed laws demanding certain workplace rules.
Your outrageous position: If there is no law on the books, do what you want. How dare you. Human beings don't need to be told it is wrong to sexually molest a child, own another human being, or protect the disenfranchised. Thank God you don't know what you're talking about.
The way the real law works: If any system is doing something morally reprehensible, it's only a matter of time until a revolution occurs, new laws are written. And the wrongdoers PAY.
You also state:
We all should know that most nation's codes of law have for centuries precluded the punishment of children for the crimes of thier parents
By this same rationale, children should not BENEFIT from the crimes of their parents, either.
DUH. The children of people who commited criminal acts LIKE MURDER are still today holding positions of responsibility on Foundations that Daddy's money created.
It is blood money.
If this little treatise was written by an 'attorney', I'd like to suggest he return the money for his law scholarship, as it was money wasted.
And Peckerwood, why not just post under your real name instead of creating a new identity to hide behind?