Sunday, February 22, 2009

Robin Hood Was A Conservative

Liberals have wrongly appropriated Robin Hood as one of their heroes and some Conservatives are likewise inclined to banish him from view. I do not know if it is true or not, but according to what I was once told, some Conservatives try to remove Robin Hood from school reading lists. They should not. Robin Hood was a Conservative Christian Militiaman fighting against oppressive taxation.

As Cicero said in De Republica “when a government is honest and just and virtuous taxes are light. But when a government becomes powerful it is destructive, extravagant and violent; it is a usurer which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance, for votes with which to perpetuate itself.” This could well describe the Federal Government under Obama, as well as the Sheriff of Nottingham’s governance.

Robin Hood had no problem with honest men being wealthy. He himself was a Feudal Lord, in the days both before and after his crusade against Nottingham. However, his government’s absolutist tyranny and oppressive taxation geared to favor some at the expense of the labor of others, reduced all honest men, noble or common, to penury or starvation. It had become Hobbes’ Leviathan.

The local church had turned its back on true Faith “observing the form of religion but denying any true power to it” as the Scripture says. Robin Hood and his Merry Men were ministered to by Friar Tuck, a man of true Faith in the tradition of Thomas a Becket, Francis of Assissi or Thomas Aquinas.

Robin Hood and his men were Christian Militiamen fighting against an overtaxing Big Government which had ceased to truly honor God. Conservatives should embrace this hero and emulate him, and not allow his memory to be stolen by Liberals in the manner that they try to steal that of our Founding Fathers. Take back Robin Hood!!!!


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