Thursday, August 14, 2008

Robin Hood

by Little Duke

Ed. note… As I hope a few of you can tell, I borrowed this idea heavily from Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged. Any brilliance in this idea is hers and any lack of talent in conveying this idea to you is all mine. Enjoy…

Robin Hood is a story enjoyed by millions. Robin Hood was a noble who became a hero of the people because he stole from the rich and gave to the poor. I am here to tell you that is a lie. The story is not about rich and poor, although it is about justice. Robin Hood has been misunderstood by generations and it’s time we get it right.

In the history of the world, there are basically two types of people. There are producers. They are the workers, the idea people, the business owners and entrepreneurs that create something out of nothing. The other side is called the looters. They are people who produce nothing or at least produce less than they consume. It isn’t just people on welfare. Kids are looters. (Probably until they are in their thirties, I think.) Anyone who has attended a state collage is a looter. (The state picks up part of the tab.) All of us, at one time or another, fall into both of those profiles. Producers and looters are a normal part of society. As long as looters were taken care of voluntarily, they were never really a problem. We all realize we have been there and are willing to help our fellow man. Private charities provided a safety net and the land prospered. We now have looters running the government and taking the producers property by force. This was what Robin Hood faced.

Robin Hood was a hero, not because he stole from the rich, but because he stole from the looters and gave back to the producers. The sheriff of Nottingham was the looter. He stole from the producers in order to buy favor and loyalty from other nobles. He used the power of the state to force the producers to give up their hard earned property to finance this vote buying scheme.

Nothing in politics really changes. Today, the Sheriff of San Francisco and her band of congressional soldiers are doing the same thing and both parties are in bed together on this.

We need a new Robin Hood. The last one that even got close was Ronald Reagan and he was thwarted by a looters congress that spent it faster than he could give it back.

Robin Hood! He stole from thieves and gave it back to its rightful owners. That should be the moral of the story.

Little Duke