Posts Tagged ‘rich=evil’

Isn’t funny how people can figure out what kind of person you are, how you grew up, etc just from one political comment? It’s uncanny how accurate they are!

For example: during the 2008 presidential campaign I made a comment on a blog on Myspace that I didn’t support Obama because I don’t agree with his stance on several issues (for the record I supported Ron Paul. When he didn’t get the nomination, I voted McCain *ugh*). Well this one reader of the blog took it upon herself to call me out. And rightfully so. I never would have seen the light if not for her.

Turns out it wasn’t because I believed in a different political/economic ideology because of all the research I had done up to that point. No, it was because I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I’m rich, have had everything handed to me on a silver platter, and I don’t care about the little people or those that are suffering.

How very accurate! At that point, I dropped to my knees & prayed for the Lord to forgive me for my sins!

Ok, if you’re not getting the sarcasm by now, seek help. Also, read on to learn about my childhood.

I was born in 1979. If I remember the story correctly, I was 2 or 3 weeks premature (got my picture taken with Miss Tennessee, though, so it was worth it). I spent a couple weeks in an incubator because my lungs were underdeveloped & I would forget to breathe.

My dad, albeit jokingly (I hope), has credited my hospital stay as part of the reason my parents filed bankruptcy (also, the economy sucked back then, too). I vaguely remember living in a trailer in the middle of town, briefly. When I was 4, we (me, Mom, Dad, & my brother) moved in with my grandparents, who lived in a very, very small house. 

There was a living room, kitchen, (I think) 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom…for 6 people (was used for several more when Dad was raised there. Big family). I didn’t care how big it was or the condition it was in (the uneven floor made roller skating, in one room, easy). 

I didn’t realize it at the time, but Mom & Dad took out loans for a Christmas or two, just so me & my brother would enjoy it (I miss my little yellow 4-wheeler). We never wanted for anything. We had clothes, a roof, loving parents, food…but we were far from well-off.

I made friends at school & little league. I fought with my brother. Got in trouble. Blah blah blah.

Am I leaving some stuff out? Yeah. But you won’t get my life story here.

My point is: don’t think you know someone from one comment they make about anything. I have friends who make racist jokes. Are they racist? No. Insensitive, maybe, but not racist. I have friends/family who are Democrats. Are they facist, socialist, commie pigs? Of course not. Though we disagree politically (which makes for great conversations), we know we are both good people. We’ve just had different life experiences that led to different conclusions.

So obviously I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Things aren’t handed to me on a silver platter. I’m most definitely not rich (I’ve been unemployed for 11 months now). I do care about the poor, which I am, and those that are suffering. I just believe a truly free market is the way to promote income mobility & alleviate suffering. Will there be assholes who take advantage of the disadvantaged in a free economy? Of course. But the market, IMO, would deal with them. 

Yes, Ayn Rand is the source of my main belief that “Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life.” (from The Ayn Rand Institute). This belief fuels my other beliefs.

In conclusion: I am not a Godless heathen who cares only about himself. I am a God-fearing man who believes rational selfishness and adherance to the truth benefits everyone, not just the one. For future personal attacks on me, please refer to this post before being an anonymous hit-and-run commenter.Haters

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*Spoilers for BBC’s Robin Hood included*

Growing up, Robin Hood was one of my favorite stories. The evil, corrupt Prince usurping his brothers throne, partnered with a corrupt sheriff, against a noble, who returned from fighting by the King’s side in the Crusade to find his people mired in poverty, doing what they had to to survive, while the Prince & sheriff lived high on the hog, taking whatever they can from the poor. Good versus evil at its finest.

Robin Hood was never supposed to be about rich vs poor. Robin himself was a nobleman, Robin of Locksley. No, Robin Hood was supposed to be about good vs evil. The virtuous nobleman and his merry band of misfits fighting the corruption wrought by the King’s evil brother.

But over the years, Robin Hood’s mythos has been twisted and distorted until it’s almost unrecognizable. No longer is it about good vs evil. It has fallen prey to progressive influence. It is now more widely recognized to be about rich vs poor, no matter if the rich are corrupt or not.

Television and movies have played a large part in this paradigm shift, as well as newspapers and books. Take the TV show Leverage: a great show on TNT that follows the original Robin Hood ideology, except during the opening credits. Nate Ford, Timothy Hutton’s character, starts off by saying, “The rich and powerful take what they want. We steal it back for you”. Notice the lack of distinction between rich and corrupt. Otherwise, it follows the good vs evil path instead of rich vs poor.

You can imagine my surprise when the BBC of all channels reinvented Robin Hood a few years ago. When I say reinvented I’m speaking of taking the story back to its roots, i.e. good vs evil. For two years the story played out true to its roots (Marian was killed at the end of season two and they took Robin’s personal story in a new direction in season three, but stayed true to the good vs evil track). Even when they killed Robin in the final episode, ending the series, they made sure the spirit of Robin Hood lived on.

I write this in the hopes of keeping alive the true spirit of Robin Hood despite the reimagining progressives keep forcing upon us. Rich does not necessarily mean evil as poor does not mean virtuous. Please, please don’t let anyone fool you into thinking rich is evil.