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Robin Hood’s Social Being

In most versions of the story, Robin Hood was a nobleman. He first got on the wrong side of the law by poaching deer off the royal hunting grounds. He responded by adopting a radical view of the government, protesting the taxes being levied to pay for the war in the Holy Land (the Crusades)

Does this taxation increase to pay for wars abroad scenario sound familiar? Seems nothing regarding wars never changes. Anyway, he banded with likewise tax resisters, survivalists, and so-called gangsters, all men, and camped in the woods. He supported the legitimate King Richard over the English government ruling in his absence, making Robin Hood a Tory.

If Robin Hood lived today, he would probably be considered extremely conservative, reading gun fanciers’ magazines (the modern equivalent of the longbow), loudly proclaiming his right to hunt, dressing in camo, driving a van, loving freedoms and just laws of the land and using the sort of political action through violence against the evil machinations of the powers that be- he would be known as a leader of a revolution, for the people, by the people and with the people. Basically appreciating and enforcing the Constitution of the U.S.

The idea that Robin Hood promoted a type of socialism seems to come from the saying “rob from the rich and give to the poor.”

That’s not exactly socialism, but it is a sort of redistributionism associated with many clans the world over. That’s not exactly what he did. Robin Hood took back that which was taken from the countryside’s people.

And, If the state isn’t on your side, you need to bribe the local state sympathizers to gain their favor so they won’t roll over on you and turn you into the supposed elected powers. Seems that some “people” know more about redistribution than those who mention the idea.

The easiest way to aid aid the people is to (take back that which was stolen from the people) distribute food to starving peasants, torture unfair task masters in front of their employees, toss bags of money out, etc.

The Australian bush rangers did that, as did pirates when they raided government/merchant ships, so did the Japanese yakuza at one time; we can put Robin Hood in the same category as well, an ultra-rightwing groups. Thumbs up for Robin Hood! True leaders must be willing to go against the grain for the sake of the less fortunate, helping those in need without a regard to repay. Not a political idealist full of lies and flattery; hypocrisy.

We ARE on the side of the underdog.

Credit in most part to Jonathan C.

*Thanks Jonathan


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A Slave War?

According to some, Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery because he hated the inhumane institution. Others say he only abolished slavery because it undermined his enemy’s war effort.

The truth is Abraham Lincoln was a very shrewd politician and a very complicated man who went through lots of evolutions throughout his life. He’s often painted as a racist and a man of his times based on quotes where he says he does not think the black race equal to the white race. I mean, even after the war, what color was the race of the man (servant) that tied his shoe laces and assisted him in dressing everyday?

Lincoln also said he was waging the war not to abolish slavery, but to keep the country together. If the nation fell apart by the actions of a minority he thought the country was headed for anarchy and chaos. But as a result of the war being underway and at the end of said war, the country did slowly move towards abolition of owning slaves. Note: Lincoln and many Northern plantation owning states still kept their servants for many years after.

Lincoln was shrewd enough to bide his time. When early in the war one of his generals tried to abolish slavery in his district, Lincoln immediately prevented him from doing so and canceled this attempt. He drew a storm of criticism for this from anti-slavery factions in the country. The truth is at the time, it was the best thing he could have done. Several slaveholders were still loyal to the United States and if he had moved against slavery too early, they would have gone over to the other side, therefore bolstering the survival chances of slavery.

When Lincoln did abolish slavery, his timing was excellent. He did it right after a battle ranked as a Union victory. Why? Because if he had done it when the war was going against him, his action would have been perceived as the action of a desperate man.

The way in which Lincoln abolished slavery was also shrewd. His Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves only in the areas still under control of the Confederacy. He did not touch slavery in states still loyal to the Union or in areas under Union occupation, again to secure the support of loyal slaveholders. The proclamation made slaves run off with really no where to go- Lincoln never sent them back to their tribal owners in Africa. Interestingly, only one in four left their masters.

Slaves thought they should support the Union -even though there was plenty of racism in non-slave-holding states as well- and 180,000 black soldiers ended up serving in Union ranks. Ironically, there were many slaves in the same numbers who fought equally alongside the Confederate side.

Later in the war, Lincoln made sure slavery was eventually abolished throughout the entire country, even setting the stage to allow freed slaves to vote, but still never assisting any slave or ancestor of such, get back to their homeland. Odd to say the least.

The lesson here? Decide on your outcome, but be flexible about your approach.

*Thanks in part to Frank M.

Further Reading: Yes, There Were Black Confederates…(LINK)

Holt Collier, one of the African Southerners

who served in the Confederate Army during

the American Civil War.


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Revolutionizing Civilization

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” – Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, Paris, January 30, 1787

Is there time for this and what would it look like?

There is a flow to history. In school, we’d study the French Revolution for a while and then have a test on it and then we’d switch gears and learn about World War I. It turns out, however it’s possible to trace events from one that led to the other.

The unlikely happens regularly. Very often things happen which seem highly unlikely in their context. The Russian Revolution comes to mind, but there are plenty of examples.

Lenin ending up in power seemed like the least likely outcome. But it turns out if you let things get too far out of hand then you never know who will come to power. Keep in mind, the only Democracy stays behind closed doors and the people are only led to believe their vote counted towards a new leader, etc. All leaders are pre-appointed and charade ensues where opponents play the role; and with the help from the state-owned media, it comes off with success. But the acting does not stop at inauguration.

Anyway, it’s important for us today to realize that over time, people slowly lose faith in governments, corporations, neighbors, etc… desperation is growing and extreme outcomes are becoming more likely. People don’t know who to trust so many end up trusting the most manipulative and least trustworthy individuals. Forward progress may soon no longer be the most likely outcome.

Very little has changed. Popular understanding of history makes a big deal of the revolutions: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Protestant Revolution, the Russian Revolution, etc. We are told they are major turning points in human evolution and progress. But when you look at fundamental concepts of how rulers and the ruled behave and interact you see very little real difference.

The privileges, power and sense of entitlement of the old landed elite are little different from the privileges, power and sense of entitlement of today’s wealthy elite. Landed aristocrats enjoyed power and extra income (without work) controlling land while today’s capitalists (elites behind the scenes) enjoy power and extra income (without work) controlling money. Because they own the land/wealth they feel they are entitled to make decisions about how people use resources (if at all) and what opportunities we as individuals have.

After the Russian Revolution, it was a sort of bureaucratic elite that enjoyed the position and privilege. Never have we seen a political and economic system where the people are in charge not even in the United States. We’ve only seen different flavors of the same brand of “civilization” with elite rule for the elite (PTB).

Are other brands possible? Is government of, for and by the people possible? Is an economic system that rewards hard work, makes use of all our human potential (helps people realize their potential without pretense or pretend) and leaves room for individual expression and freedom possible? Is the fact that we’ve never had proof that it is impossible or does it offer promise that if we only could think of a new way (or back to an old way not expounded on) to organize and manage civilization then anything would become possible?

People are amazing. Many have lost their way and done it easily. Our political and economic systems push many down paths of unspeakable inhumanity.

But despite our systems there is a persistent ever small thread of kindness, innovation and “humanity” lying under the surface.

When we find ourselves in the right conditions we can reason our way through incredibly difficult and abstract questions. It gives me hope that one day we can overcome the power the world’s systems have over us and discover new ways (or go back to the old tech of the day) to live and work with each other that truly revolutionizes civilization.

Until we do we are condemned to repeat history so the lessons you learn from history will tell you the future.

Rome will fall again, and the Middle Ages are coming back.

Credit: Jonathan C.

*Thanks Jonathan, truly spoken and sincere

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Rebellious Experience

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*Note: This young lady has not given me her name, not even her first. All I can provide here is what I have; her initials (K.P.). With that said, I actually hesitated to post this. Maybe after reading you’ll understand why….and; why I also decided to rethink it and post it. Like she says, if it helps but “ONE person……., it’s worthwhile.” –MoralDiplomat

Rebellious Experience

“If anyone can relate to my experience, I hope this will help them: My parents raised me very well, with morals and values, one of which was a relationship with Christ. Because I was so rebellious as a teenager, I met a guy with a strong Muslim heritage at the age of 17 (I’m 23 now) and found him irresistible, probably because I knew it was the wrong thing to do.

Well, 6 years later, I realize that my parents really do just want what’s best for me. For 6 years I missed out on everything I should have enjoyed during this age: the college “experience”, moving out of my parents’ house, making new friends and enjoying the old, etc. etc. etc. (I could go on). Because I loved this guy so intensely I did everything I never wanted to do.

I lived at home until just recently. It took me 4 years to obtain a 2 year degree at my local community college, and I abandoned good friends and didn’t make any in the meantime just so that I could be with “the one I love”.

We snuck around for 6 YEARS because both families knew that we were not being smart by staying together. I became more and more depressed until on my 23rd birthday I took a step back and asked myself, what have you done with your life?

God never crossed my mind as I packed up and left my boyfriend and my family plus everyone I love and who loves me back, so I could get away and think for a while. Now here I was, on my own, away from any influences, and I felt so alone.

I knew my life was not right and I felt as if I was at the bottom of an endless, hopeless hole. After a month of being five states away from home, I hit bottom one Sunday afternoon after breaking up with the guy. I was all alone in my apartment, sobbing uncontrollably, when I LITERALLY felt a weight being lifted off my back.

The only way I can explain this to myself is to believe that God knew of my worries and saw that I needed Him to take them off my back. I felt lighter. Since that Sunday, I really believe in God.

Any time I feel worried or need an answer I open up Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John and before long, every time, I find the answer that I’m looking for. I hope that you will read Matthew, Chapter 6 beginning at verse 25. It is labeled “DO NOT WORRY” in my Bible. It helps me. If my experience helps ONE person who is struggling, it will all have been worthwhile!”

2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

Matthew 22:37 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Credit–  K.P. — Illinois
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Prayers From the Confederacy


Happy Sunday…lol Where did that term come from…?? Oh well, hope your Sunday is blessed (all people). I know the following will not interest everybody (I wish it did). Some of my links may sound a bit like complaining, however, if no one raised their voice ever….where would we be as a nation? Anyway, I make no apologies for expressing the truth, nor my opinion about it. I would hope everyone else would do the same. Anyway, blessing and love on this warm but beautiful Sunday. “…ofthestory.”


A Christian Confederate Soldier’s Prayer
‘I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health, that I might do greater things.

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

I asked for riches, that I might be happy.

I was given poverty, that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men.

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for but got everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all people, most richly blessed.’
A Soldier’s Prayer (Written by an Anonymous CSA Confederate Soldier; casualty at Devil’s Den, Gettysburg, US Civil War)

Is this the voice of A rebel hate for African people, or hope for “all people”??? You judge.
Heb 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:...”

Rom 12:18 “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”

They may have taken down the Confederate flags, but never let them forget the real reason they were up to begin with.
You can take down the flags but you can never change our hearts. In a way, we are all “rebels.” of all colors.


We have all fought wars that were not our own and under other’s flags. The next war of the people will be fought with the banner of our spirit.
At the end of the day, we “all people” will rebel at anything that looks like it’s attacking our freedoms and will be the last standing.

Ps 9:16 “The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.”

Prov 6:2 “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.

For more on this topic and how I feel about the Confederate flag click the links below:

Hey, if for nothing else, read through them thoroughly, if not for to make you feel like you know something others don’t but you wish that they did. Just kidding…sorta! LOL Have a great Sunday!








The truth is paradoxical to the extent of being exactly contrary to the usual perception.”
– Georges Bataille


Rebellion Strange or Virtuous ?


Strange Rebellion

I recently read an online piece that claimed the common social perception of a young adult who is trying to live a life in pursuit of God is that they are conformists, have a herd mentality and lack the ability to reasonably think for themselves. In other words, the concept of individualism has been lost on those people; for if they truly had a unique personality then their life path would be one of their own choosing – not adherence to an ancient book……..adherence which includes the attempt, not the guarantee, of being submitted to and respectful of New Testament Christian teaching.

Let’s consider that. What is the alternative to the somewhat predictable and old fashioned values a Christian is expected to live by? If there are 10 million ( probably a generous estimate) American young adults honestly striving for that life of supposed conformity, then that means there are tens of millions more who aren’t: who aren’t concerned with God, church community, church culture or Biblical guidance.

Is it possible that viewing Christ as the foundation of your life is true rebellion?…against society, excuses, pride, rationalization, selfishness? If so, the idea of virtuous rebellion isn’t that strange after all.


Virtuous Rebellion

Our culture celebrates rebellion, the guy who goes out on his own and fights the system, wears abnormal, and yet strikingly awesome clothes and, of course, he’s not clean-shaven.

Closer examination of rebellion reveals that rebels all look and act the same. Kids think being a rebel is refusing social norms, yet rebellion is the social norm (against the ways of the world). All rebelling kids have the same dumb look.

Rebellion is not inherently from sin. In other words, rebellion “aint always bad”, it can, in fact, be rather righteous.

Virtuous rebellion is the rebellion against sin, against state tyranny. Being righteous is the greatest form of rebellion in this world. Tough guys think smoking, drinking, drugs and fighting are rebellion. It’s actually weak to insinuate strength through those things. True toughness is denying all these.

When you rebel to righteousness the people will hate you, that’s how you know if your rebellion is truly rebellious. We are to be fighting a fight of faith and it’s a fight of rebellion.

We fight to throw off the shackles of slavery to sin and the world’s vices and enter into righteousness. We fight to throw off the world and cling to Heaven. We fight to mortify the deeds of our body and present our bodies as living sacrifices.

Rebel against stupid. Rebel against sin. Rebel against evil and the powers of this world. Come out from among them and be separate. This is true rebellion. Anything else is just following the crowd on the broad road.

“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. […] It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”

“Does the end justify the means? That is possible. But what will justify the end? To that question, which historical thought leaves pending, rebellion replies: the means.”

Rebellion Def:

“is a refusal of obedience. It may therefore be seen as encompassing a range of behaviors from civil disobedience and mass nonviolent resistance, to violent and organized attempts to destroy an established corrupt authority such as the government or corporation, to refuse or fail to participate with the accepted norm or adherence of forced social changes through new laws that reflect an immoral or subversive unity for the masses for the good of all. Those who participate in rebellions are known as “rebels”.

If you are not running into people on this matter, or running into and having issues with the devil, then it’s probably because you’re tunning in the same direction.”