Everyone knows the story of Robin Hood.

“Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English folklore who, according to legend, was a highly skilled archer and swordsman. Traditionally depicted as being dressed in […] green, he is often portrayed as ‘robbing from the rich and giving to the poor’ alongside his band of Merry Men. Robin Hood became a popular folk figure in the late-medieval period, and continues to be widely represented in literature, films and television.” – Wikipedia

It’s easy enough just to accept the premise that this hero of the people “robbed from the rich and gave to the poor” – but that’s not really the case, is it?

Background

Robin Hood is a fictitious character that, in popular culture, is typically seen as a contemporary of Richard the Lionheart, the late-12th-century king, however, the earliest writings about him suggests his character lived in the 14th or 15th centuries. Regardless, Robin Hood is almost universally seen as a green-clothed archer or woodsman, a leader, and a proponent of the working class – and a thief.

Over-taxation

But who was Robin stealing from? Again, according to popular culture (and supported by some of the early ballads), Robin stole not from the “rich”, but from the tax collectors and the ruling class. The “peasants” of the day were poor, in part because life was hard back then, lack of widespread use of machinery and automation made virtually every task manual chose, and the People were overtaxed. A significant percentage of what the People earned was required to be paid as taxes by the King and his subordinates.

That’s where Robin Hood came in. After the tax collector had taken the hard-earned money from the People, Robin stole the money from the tax collector and returned it to them. The People could honestly say they’d paid their taxes, and the ruling class would go after the thieves – rather than the People.

In modern tellings of the story, the bad guy is Prince John (the embodiment of of greedy, arrogant government). His thug was the Sheriff of Nottingham (the ruthless guy responsible for putting down the tax protestors) – what we now call the IRS. The victims were the taxpayers who were forced to feed the Prince’s lust for money.

The subtext here is that taxation, in general, isn’t bad. It’s over-taxation that is – particularly when tax funds illegitimate, unconstitutional government. Even modern tellings of the story claim that “Prince John, the phony king of England” has overstepped his legal authority and exercised raw, unconstrained power.

The real message

Prince John was breaking the law, violating his oaths, and using the People to fund his own vain desires. He exercised unlimited power and violence against those who objected to his orders. Yes, he was “rich”, but he was “government”. He wasn’t a small business owner. He wasn’t an entrepreneur. He wasn’t one of the people whom we’d call “rich” today. He was a government official. Think of him as the Vice President. It was him – well, actually his minions – that Robin Hood was stealing from. And it was you – the taxpayer – that he was giving it back to.

That’s the inconvenient truth the liberal left doesn’t want you to know. That’s the inconvenient truth that the government hopes you don’t figure out.

Now go and tell some friends.

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Cecilia Muñoz, Director, Domestic Policy Council at The White House sent me an email. She wants me to share my immigration story.

This is the start of a national debate. Across the country, we’re having a serious discussion about how we can build a fair and effective immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

And we need your help to make sure that genuine, personal perspectives are part of the conversation. The truth is, that if we go back far enough, nearly every American story begins somewhere else — so often with ancestors setting out in search of a different life, carving out a future for their children in this place that all of us now call home.

We want to make sure that idea isn’t far from the minds of policymakers here in Washington as we work to reach an agreement to reform immigration.

(…)

So share your American stories with us, and we’ll put them to use.

We’ll publish them on the White House website. We’ll share them on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll do everything we can to make sure they’re part of the debate around immigration reform.

Get started here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration/stories

So I responded to their call. I shared my immigration story. They said they’ll publish it on the White House Website. They’ll share it on Facebook and Twitter. I doubt they actually will because it doesn’t fit their narrative. It doesn’t help them accomplish what they’re trying to accomplish.

Instead, my immigration story illustrates an real case from history. It tells of what happened when foreigners invaded the homeland of my ancestors — and what happened to our people because we didn’t enforce our borders. We didn’t stop the invasion force until it was too late. And their failure to do so has all but led to our extinction. I am one of the last of my people. Here is my story.

My Immigration Story

My ancestors were a proud people. They cared for the land, and the land cared for them. They had their challenges, as all of us do, but they survived and maintained their culture and history for thousands of years. An invasion force arrived under the banner of “colonization”. At first the new arrivals offered friendship. Eventually they began to push further and further into our lands. When we fought back we were called “savages” and were killed — slaughtered — by their superior numbers and firepower.

 

Soon we were a conquered people, but the invasion force created special areas for us where we could be “left alone” and live out our traditional lives. But even those promises were broken. Those parcels of land were taken from us and we were forced to move by their military whenever our allotted lands were found to have “special” value to some corporate interest.

Contrary to being left alone to live our lives on our lands, we were continually interfered with. Our laws, our sovereignty, or traditions, our culture, our way of live is now all but extinct.

So now, with history as our guide, we look back and asks ourselves: at what point should we consider “immigrants” to be an “invasion force”? A hundred illegally crossing into our borders? A thousand? Ten thousand? At what point do we stop the invasion? When is it too late?

Will this new “invasion force” some day decide to call people who don’t share their skin color “savages”? Will they decide to put them in “reservations”? Will they slaughter anyone who refuses to comply?

Those who not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

We are either a nation of laws, or we are not.

We either secure our borders against unlawful entry, or we do not.

I am Paiute. You asked for my immigration story. Now you have it.

I am Paiute. You asked for “what’s at stake”. Now you know.

 

Regardless of which side of the debate you’re on, the following video is a must-see. It delves into the history of gun laws in The United States of America, how other leaders through history have applied gun logic to their agendas, the history of gun control in the States, and more recent court decisions.

Watch the video, then tell me what side of the debate you’re on, and why.

I’m Paiute, so when my brother picked up a copy of this book I was compelled to read it. I’m typically not into recreational reading of history at all, let alone “ethnohistory,” but wanting to know more about my roots I borrowed the book and am quite impressed.

The from the Paiute perspective is given. The taking of the Paiute lands by the LDS Settlers is detailed. The Federal Termination processes are outlined.

If you’ve got any Native American blood in you, or if you live in or grew up in Central- or Southern-Utah, pick up a copy and give Beneath These Red Cliffs: An Ethnohistory of the Utah Paiutes a read.

On May 12, 2008, Irena Sendler died. If you attended “public school” (aka “government school”) you probably haven’t heard of her.

Irena had a secret

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.

Irena was a Polish Catholic social worker. During World War II, she was a member of the Polish Underground and the Żegota resistance organization in Warsaw.

Irena was German and learned of the Nazi’s plans to exterminate the Jews. “When I learned what was going on, I just decided to act,” Irena said from her nursing home just prior to her death.

Irena smuggled small infants out in the bottom of her tool box and larger children in the back of her truck in a burlap sack.

To cover the noises the children would make (and to dissuade others from looking too closely) she had a dog in the back of the truck that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

She managed to smuggle out and save 2,500 children. She provided false documents and sheltered them in individual or group children’s homes outside the ghetto.

Eventually she was caught. The Nazi’s beat her severely, broking both her legs and arms.

Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar that she buried under a tree in her back yard.

After the war she tried to locate any parents that may have survived and reunited the family.

Most parents, of course, had been slaughtered in the Nazi gas chambers.

The children she helped were placed into foster homes or adopted.

Her story was brought to light when students from Kansas found her story in a magazine and popularized it in a play, titled "Life in a Jar."

Glenn Beck

Awards and Recognition

  • In 1965, Irena was recognized by Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous Among the Nations, which was confirmed in 1983 by the Israeli Supreme Court.
  • She also was awarded the Commanders Cross by the Israeli Institute. It was only that year that the Polish communist government allowed her to travel abroad, to receive the award in Israel.
  • In 2003, pope John Paul II sent a personal letter to Sendler, praising her wartime efforts.
  • On 10 October 2003, Sendler received the Order of the White Eagle, Poland’s highest civilian decoration and the Jan Karski Award "For Courage and Heart," given by the American Center of Polish Culture in Washington, D.C..
  • On 14 March 2007 Sendler was honored by Poland’s Senate. At age 97, she was unable to leave her nursing home to receive the honor, but she sent a statement through Elżbieta Ficowska, whom Sendler had saved as an infant.
  • Polish President Lech Kaczyński stated that she "can justly be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize".

Nobel nominee

In 2007, considerable publicity accompanied Sendler’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. While failed nominees for the award are not officially announced by the Nobel organization for 50 years, the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo reported in 2007 that Irena Sendler’s nominator made public the nomination. Talk of this nomination focused the spotlight on Sendler and her wartime contribution.

Irena Lost

The 2007 award was presented to Al Gore, for his controversial movie about a slide-show on Global Warming.

What will you do?

When you learn of someone – or some government – doing what you know not to be right, will you be as brave as this frail woman? When you learn what was going on, will you decided to act?