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Ron Paul – Our Robin Hood!

This might sound silly, but I was watching Disney's Robin Hood (cartoon version) with my son today. It's a simple and timeless classic, but it's kind of amazing how one can draw many parallel's to our modern day world. It’s a story of the underdog, doing what’s right for the people.

Needless to say, while watching the movie I couldn't stop thinking about how Ron Paul truly represents the people in a tough battle against the establishments (big business/big government/party politics/etc). Ron Paul says to heck with all that garbage; I am going to be the voice of the people, the voice of truth!

Without making this a huge/detailed analysis, you have Prince John and the established powers taxing the crap out of the people for their own benefit and growing government controls. You have Hiss, the the annoying snake that's always buzzing in Prince John's ear (the media?). You have the Sheriff of Nottingham, supporting the establishments with corruption (literally stealing money from the people, sometimes without them even knowing, inflation anyone?). You have the guards of Prince John (rhinos and wolves) supporting corruption, like the media/GOP support their chosen candidates (reference Iowa and Maine). You have the people, frustrated with the state of affairs and hating the established powers (us, and others who pay attention). And you have Robin Hood (who the establishment considers a trouble maker) controversially representing the people and fighting the good fight (doing what is right) helping to redistribute wealth back from the rich to the poor (how about abolishing the income tax?!). You have Robin Hood’s active support crew lead by Little John (Doug Wead) and Friar Tuck supporting from the sidelines (The Judge).

Funny huh? That's how it lines up in my head anyway. If you haven’t seen this movie, you should check it out. It was one of my favorites growing up and lends itself to interpretation and explaining to your kids what is going on in the current political situation.

It actually re-invigorated my passion for Ron Paul and in fighting the good fight, so maybe it will help you too!

Enjoy President’s Day tomorrow! Hopefully next time this holiday rolls around it will have an entirely new and enhanced meaning for us.

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Duplicate post :p

No one can find a safe way out if society is sweeping towards destruction. Everyone,in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. - LvM

Thank you HeathieAnCap!

This is how I interpreted the Disney movie as well.

This wasn't meant to be a history lesson on RH and what really happened, just a simple commentary on how I saw an old movie in a new light and related it to our common love for Ron Paul, his ideas, and the political environment we're playing in right now. I guess I'm thinking too outside the box here....

It is interesting to note though that Libertarians in general do not like the idea of Robin Hood. I personally relate to Libertarianism more than any other platform. In fact, I've never been excited about politics at all until Ron Paul came along. Sounds like ole RH got a bad rap somehow, because some Socialists needed a hero. In the movie, he returned what the Sheriff/King stole from the people in the first place (hence my taxation and inflation comments).

Oh well, to each his own....sorry to ruffle some feathers. Have a great night!

You know you're a Ron Paul supporter when..

You watch a kids movie and can relate it to the 2012 campaign!

This is not to the OP specifically, but just in general:

What's important to note about Robin Hood is that it is inaccurate to say he, "Stole from the rich to give to the poor." More accurately, he returned to the people what the Government stole from them in the first place. Robin Hood is a patriot.

No one can find a safe way out if society is sweeping towards destruction. Everyone,in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. - LvM

wolfe's picture

The movie isn't the story...

I am glad the movie had a good, moral message.... But the reality is, that yes, he stole from the rich to give to the poor in the original ballads...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood

The animosity with the government was developed later, big shock, by the powers that be at that time to build a likeable character but to keep him in line with the current societal norms (i.e. he was REALLY awesome, displaced royalty being unfairly treated by a lower class government employee).

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The recent Robin Hood movie

The recent Robin Hood movie with Russel Crow was really good.

It was all about the evils of taxation and government infringing on people's rights... I really enjoyed it.

reedr3v's picture

Robin Hood's image was twisted

by socialists, some think. (See husker's comment below.) It was the evil, tax collecting Sheriff Nottingham who was robbed by Hood who returned their confiscated money to the people. There was a Hollywood version of this revisionist view a year or two back that received terrible reviews from the usual Liberal critics, for this reason. It was a good movie.

wolfe's picture

The movie might have been good...

But if you go to the original ballads... They had nothing to do with taxation...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood

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wolfe's picture

I am sure this has been said...

MANY times...

Robin Hood embodied a disgusting set of beliefs. I would never insult RP that way.

If you want to idolize a criminal... Look to Jesse James... He robbed from the *bankers* and gave to the people... (An ancestor of mine)... lol, but still, not a great concept.

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sorry to break it to you

but robin head is not a respected character in the libertarian community. at least not how RH's has been used to propagate socialist ideas. I know your intentions are pure, and understand what you wish to communicate, but robin hood is just not going to fly with this crowd.

...er....No...

Robin Hood is a socialist, robbing from the rich to give to the poor. Like what many of the Occupy are calling for.

Robbing from the FASCISTS to give to the poor. Would that be ok?

Corporations are not people, they are like pets.

When a pet mauls your kid, you put the beast down.

It is about damn time we put some of these FASCIST BEASTS down before they eat us all.

This is not about robbing from the rich to give to the poor.

It is much bigger than that. It is about doing away with systematic, cruel oppression and removing the ability for foreign kings and their ruthless industry barons to gain a foothold in the United States through the misused/misinterpreted concept of corporate personhood.

The red coats are no longer wearing red coats folks, they are wearing blue suits as upper and middle managers in foreign owned/controlled companies/banks right here living among us in the USA on our own shores.

It is time that we put an end to corporate personhood. Mitt Romney you b@st@rd, a corporation is not a person, it is a beast and your ruthless beasts are a wild pack of pit bulls.

Where's our darn shotgun? Problem solved.

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Gonna...

start a new Punk Band : Ron Paul and The Three Shitbags. RP2012 Not This Time You Bastards

9/11 was an inside job .....time to get some answers..RP 2012

Wrong

Robin Hood retrieved tax money that had been stolen from the people. Socialists rob from the productive and give to the unproductive, there is a difference.

The generally accepted meme though is:

"Robin Hood" is synonymous with "take from the rich and give to the poor."

It is generally accepted

It is generally accepted because that it what he DID in the original story.

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Then I would argue the "generally accepted meme" has drifted

... from the original, genuine idea of the character.

(About which HuskierSkier is right recalling us.)

"My 2cts" ;)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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HuskierSkier is Correct...

HuskierSkier is correct.

Robin Hood stole money from The Sheriff of Nottingham (Tax Money) that was used to bribe the enemies of King Richard.

The sheriff of Nottingham enforced the corporate welfare

by forbidding the people from hunting and using the natural resources available in Sherwood Forest. The government always wants to own everything.

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.