Occupiers Have A Mascot, Robin Hood. Too Bad He Is Opposed To Their Rhetoric.

I suppose it was inevitable. Eventually, people ignorant to the circumstances they are protesting were bound to extend their ignorance to a new mascot.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’d expected them to take up the Robin Hood fallacy.

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On October 29, on the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, let’s the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. Let’s send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3-trillion easy money that’s sloshing around the global casino each day – enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world.

‘Take from the rich, give to the poor,’ is the often misused mantra of Robin Hood.  However, Robin Hood was not about wealth redistribution at all.  This proposal to demand a tax in Robin Hood’s name is the very definition of irony.  Robin Hood wasn’t an occupier, he was a tea partier.

Robin Hood’s beef wasn’t with the wealthy.  It was with the abusive government over-taxation policy.  It was the Sheriff’s unfair taxation to fund government programs he opposed.  Robin Hood has often been depicted as an aristocrat who had his wealth wrongly stripped from him.  He would oppose the occupiers at every turn.

Demanding a tax in his name is the exact opposite of what he stood for.  Robin Hood would have thrown tea into the harbor. Robin Hood would have been there at the beginning of the tea party movement.  Echoing what our founders and the tea partiers after them stood for … less taxation and getting the government out of our lives. Not the pillaging of the fruits of one’s labor.

Robin Hood is not one of the fictional 99% … Robin Hood is one of the 53%.

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Posted on October 19, 2011, in Blog, Dumbassery, Politics, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Every group tries to co-opt historical figures. Robin hood a tea-partier? Robin hood an “occupier”? Come on! Both of these claims are equally ridiculous and you know that fully well.

    Rather than talking about group identities and engaging in a mindless back-and-forth (which risks the tea party and occupy movement turning into the same old Republican vs. Democrat establishment), how about do something new?

    Like…really engaging in this issue, and ignoring the question of who proposed it. I have a question for you…what do you think of this proposed tax? Think about it. Is it valid? Is it not? What positive and negative effects could it have on the economy? Is it any worse than income tax, or payroll tax? Or possibly better?

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