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In our new post-11/7 world, it’s important to understand that there are two Robin Hoods:  the legend and the myth of the legend.  The first is a conservative-libertarian.  The second is a liberal thug.

The legend was best played by Errol Flynn in the 1938 movie classic, The Adventures of Robin Hood, with Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marion, Alan Hale as Little John, Claude Rains as Prince John, Melville Cooper as the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Basil Rathbone as the evil Sir Guy de Gisbourne.

The myth of the legend is currently being played by Teddy Kennedy with Nancy Pelosi as his understudy in drag.

The "real" historical Robin Hood is a mix of stories that emerged in the 13th century.  The earliest reference is a court record in Yorkshire referring to a "Robinhud" as a fugitive in 1227. 

Between 1261 and 1300 there were at least eight court references of fugitives called "Robinhood" across England from Yorkshire in the north to Berkshire in the south – so the name was becoming a generic term for an outlaw.  In 1266, records state that William de Grey – the Sheriff of Nottingham – was trying to capture "Robinhoods" or outlaws in Sherwood Forest.

This was many years after the time of King Richard the Lion Heart (1157-1199) and his villainous brother Prince John (1166-1216), who tried to usurp Richard’s rule during his absence while on the Third Crusade 1190-94.

The standard description of Robin Hood is that he "stole from the rich and gave to the poor."  That’s the myth of the legend.  Why, then, are Robin’s traditional enemies government tyrants and tax collectors – Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham – rather than wealthy merchants?

In the traditional legend, it is the government that is the thief stealing from the poor, calling such thievery "taxes."  Robin Hood is a folk hero because he confiscates the booty from the government thieves and returns it to the peasants from whom it was stolen.

Thus the politically correct myth of "robbing the rich to give to the poor" is a 180-degree perversion of the original legend.  On purpose:  so that liberals can portray themselves as Robin Hood folk heroes coming to the rescue of the poor "little guy" by "soaking the rich."

The two different versions of Robin Hood should be kept in mind as we see emerging the basic theme of Democrats over the next two years of their control of Congress.  That theme will have two buzzwords.  Get used to them, as you will hear and see them endlessly and robotically repeated:  Inequality and Fairness.

They are the Democrat code words for the theft of your money and control of your life.

If Republicans had three-digit IQs, they will leap at the opportunity to portray themselves as the party of "The Real Robin Hood" who protects  regular Americans from a party composed of Prince Johns and Nottingham Sheriffs.

They would frame the debate as Fairness versus Freedom, counseling citizens to run for their lives and hold on to their wallets whenever any politician starts talking about "fairness" and "inequality."

The Dems have already declared a "War on Inequality" according to a worshipful front page story (11/21) about it in the world’s most schizophrenic newspaper, The Wall Street Journal (hyper-lib front page, best conservative editorial page sans its open borders lunacy).

Dem Congressional leaders like Ed Markey, incoming Chairman of the House Resources Committee, are pronouncing their first order of business will be to demonize Big Oil, to prevent oil companies from producing more oil in the US, and steal their money.

Nancy Pelosi’s former chief of staff announced this week the Dems’ intention to demonize Big Business, harassing corporations with investigations and hamstringing their capacity to produce.

It’s all the same classic pander to envy as an excuse to gain more power over people’s lives and fortunes.

If the Republicans can find the guts to expose the pander, and the brains to portray the Dems as Prince John thieves, they can regain their majority in ’08.

If they can’t – well, folks, the thieves are going to be in power for a long time, and you’ll have to figure out how to protect whatever wealth you have from them.