Publicity seeking politicians on their way out of office should stop pardoning our favorite anti-heroes.
First, the Lizard King gets officially forgiven for an indecent exposure conviction in 1969.
And now New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is considering a pardon for Billy the Kid, who was shot down in 1881.
Jim Morrison enjoyed pushing society’s buttons and watching everyone squirm. He was a great American anti-hero.
Sure, he fought his convictions back then because he didn’t want to go to jail. But he wouldn’t want a pardon now. If Morrison were alive, he’d probably do something comically rebellious like blow his nose on that pardon and send it back to outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and say, “Sorry, s’not interested.”
As for Billy the Kid, he sought a pardon during his violent lifetime because it would make it easier to roam the territory and continue stealing and killing.
But I doubt he’d want a pardon now, 130 years after he died and became famous for being an outlaw.
As Morrison famously said, “You cannot petition the lord with prayer.”