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Robin Hood Might be a Conservative

May 15, 2010

We all know the story of Robin Hood; take from the rich and give to the poor.  When I was young my parents dropped me off at the Saturday movies. Like you, we saw plenty of heroes.  Robin Hood was one and Errol Flynn’s version was the first I remember.  Many years later Kevin Costner tried and it was awful.

The newest by Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe tells the story of why Robin Hood became Robin Hood. This new Robin isn’t about a socialist practicing 12th century wealth redistribution, but rather a conservative rebelling against high taxes and a big government scheme to stamp out property owners and their rights. There wasn’t a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag but there should have been.

When England’s King John realized that he was going to lose his country to invading King Philip’s French army,  he promised to give freedom and land rights to all who supported him.

The aligned English kicked the crap out of  the French (nothing new here) but King John reneged on his promise and proclaimed that Robin Longstride was a traitor and should be killed on sight. It reminded of me of a presidential candidate promising that a vote for him would result in hope and change.

The movie ends with Robin of the Hood fleeing into the forest to fight the establishment with Little John and Friar Tuck.

I’m not a movie critic but this is what I saw.  See it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.  Not withstanding my political interpretation, it was fun and interesting to discover the events that led Robin to Sherwood Forest.

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From → Just for Fun, Movies

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