Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Problem With the Robin Hood Mentality
Robin Hood has been a popular story that has been told and retold for centuries. So many viewed him as this heroic figure who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. So many see it as a noble concept.
Unfortunately, Robin Hood should not be viewed as a hero but as a thief. "Thou Shall Not Steal" means just that. It doesn't say it is okay to steal and then give to someone else. I call that robbing Peter to Pay Paul. The subtitle above even says Prince of Thieves. A thief is a thief in God's eyes. He doesn't grade on the curve.
One reason why I don't like democrats is that they take the story of Robin Hood and use it to influence voters. They say things like we should make the rich pay more taxes and giving the middle class a tax break. Obama has used this to persuade voters his way.
The problem is that this has created a mindset for so many people that is just wrong. They demonize rich people creating a false belief that rich are bad and poor are good. That is the furthest thing from the truth. There are rich people who have created many opportunities for others. The owners of Chik-Fil-A are a perfect example of that. Unfortunately, they are only known for their stance on gay marriage which should have surprised nobody since they close on Sundays because of their Christian beliefs.
On the flip side, there are poor people who are not good people. There are poor people who lie, cheat, steal, kill, etc. The voting public needs to understand that rich vs. poor and good vs. bad are two totally unrelated terms. There are good rich people and bad rich people just like there are good poor people and bad poor people.
So this idea of demonizing the rich is not only inaccurate, it is also dangerous. It creates a sense of entitlement among poor people that is not the will of God at all. 2 Thessalonians 3 verse 10 says "If a man does not work, he shall not eat." That clearly means that if you want it, you have to earn it.
That is the difference between the democrats and the republicans. The republicans believe that the poor can also prosper. They believe in equal opportunity. Keep in mind that equal opportunity does not mean equal results. If a football team has two guys competing to be the starting quarterback, they will both get the chance to prove their worth but only one wins.
That is how a free enterprise system is supposed to work. All businesses get an equal chance, but only the good products stand the test of time.
The democrats ideas of putting high taxes on the rich is flawed. Often times a poor or middle class person has an idea that is really good but needs financing. The more you tax the rich, the less they have to help the poor get their ideas going. Just because they are rich, it doesn't mean they have unlimited resources. Therefore, stealing from the rich doesn't help the poor as much as they want the public to believe.
The other problem with the Robin Hood mentality is that the rich always have and always will outsmart the system and keep the money that they worked hard for. Unfortunately, that means they have to resort to methods that are morally questionable at times. For example, they can buy an old warehouse and have it go bankrupt in order to write it off for a loss. That creates no opportunities for anybody.
The saddest part of this whole thing is that the democrats know this. They just want the public to believe that they are on the side of the "middle class." The republicans want everyone to prosper. That is what God wants too. The fact is that the democrats and republicans are both rich. The difference is that the republicans believe that all can become wealthy with hard work and smart decisions. The democrats deep down have the mindset of "We got ours."
They mislead the public and the sad part is that it works. It works because many people believe they are entitled to it. They just blindly follow this party believing that they will help them and yet they never do. At the democratic convention, Michelle Obama wore an $8,000 dress in a speech that demonized the rich. What does that tell you?