When I was a boy my grandparents gave me two volumes of the Readers Digest Condensed Books for Children (I am not sure if that is the correct name). They probably got them for free with a subscription to RD, but in any case I only got the 2 volumes. I loved those books and I read over and over Tom Sawyer, Call of the Wild and especially Robin Hood. I played Robin Hood all the time, my backyard was Sherwood Forrest and I had an imaginary ball putting that villain Prince John and his cohorts in their place.
When I first saw the epic and fabulous Errol Flynn version on late night TV, I was overcome, it was exactly as I had imagined it! Man, I wanted to be Errol Flynn.
Yesterday, I bought The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring my hero Errol Flynn, on DVD. This would replace my worn out copy I recorded from commercial TV. Wow, it was great, stunning visuals, stunning chicks, stunning action. Flynn would swirl that sword above his head and fight 5 men at once.
After I watched the movie, I thought about the message: steal from the rich and give to the poor. This is a noble sentiment, after all, those rich people have enough. Of course, the whole notion was that the "rich" got the money at the expense of the poor. Robin Hood disguised the scheme under the pretense of "justice and fighting oppression". I have no doubt that Prince John and Sir Guy were total tyrants. History will tell us this is true. I am more concerned about the language used by Robin. The very principles and words he used would later be espoused by none other than Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Castro, and Mao. This is pure communist drivel. Take from the rich and give to the poor.
We hear a similar bray from the Ass Party (hey I did not chose the Donkey for their symbol). "The rich have too much". "We should take some of that money and give it to the poor". Well Sir Robin you can gussie it up and tie all the ribbons you want, but stealing is stealing, no matter how noble your cause. Prince John was right, you were a common criminal, and should have been hanged.
I still love the movie. Errol Flynn remains one of the suavest swordsmen to take to the silver screen. But Robin Hood can no longer be one of my heroes. I feel too much like one of the Normans in the movie everytime the Government decides I have too much money and takes it to give to the "poor". Yes, that is stealing from me, and I am tired of it. Tyranny indeed.
ed. I think I will make Like Cato the Elder and end every post with a phrase'
Newsweek lied -- people died.