Glenn took a different approach on-air today, reading a fairy-tale about a special king named Barack. Like most classic fairy-tales, this one was not exactly "happy." As Glenn said, "Yeah, because they're meant to teach you a lesson." Can you figure out the moral to this story?
King Barack and Robin Hood By Pat Gray
Once upon a time…in the far western portion of Sherwood Forest…known as America…there was a king named Barack.
King Barack told all the people of the land, that if they would just trust HIM…he would see to it that everyone in the kingdom was exactly the same. He would bring equality to the kingdom.
He gained the admiration of the peasants by telling them that those who lived in larger huts than they…would be punished. And those who lived in CASTLES…would finally be made to pay their fair share…and would be cut down to size. The peasants rejoiced and loved the king.
First, King Barack decreed that too many peasants had died during the Black Plague, because they didn’t have enough easy access to the village physicians…and their leech insurance. So, the king placed an extra tax on all those in larger huts and castles…to ensure that more of the leaches would become available to suck the blood out of all peasants, when they became ill, from now on.
He assured the people of the forest…as well as all those in neighboring hamlets and villages that if they LIKED their leeches…they could KEEP their leeches. Sadly, the kings’ promise had to be broken…although the village Crier simply informed the peasants and serfs that many of their leeches were inferior leeches, so, they actually WOULDN’T be allowed to keep them…and they’d be replaced with Kingdom approved, leeches.
Next, King Barack sent out Sheriff Biden of the IRS-ingham to collect further taxes from the evil wealthy elite. It seemed that the Forest TEEMED with people who were doing far too well…and the king was only taking slightly over 50% of everything they owned so far. It wasn’t NEARLY enough.
King Barack despised those people, those who worked hard and applied themselves…and who actually became, not just self-sufficient and reliant…but were able to lend a helping hand to others and contribute some of their earnings to build hospitals or libraries for those who could read, including peasants who would be taught to read at those libraries, in the nearby hamlets and villages.
The king HATED the fact that those people didn’t need to rely on HIM…for he believed that, being the KING…he was all-important, omnipotent, and that all aid and benefits should come thru HIM.
THEN, when those successful merchants would die, until now they had been allowed to pass on what they had to their children. Because the king had already taxes all of their earnings while they were living, all of that which was left to their children had been considered to be for their children to inherit. THIS, was unacceptable to King Barack.
Yes, King Barack also knew, that if he TOOK any of the estate inheritance…it would be of little or no benefit to the Kingdom as a whole, for it took resources from the people. But the king didn’t care. So, into the forest he sent the Sheriff Biden of the IRS-ingham and his thugs…to seize property and coin.
Knights and their squires came riding into the Forest, the hamlets and the villages, ransacking and looting every large hut and castle until their wasn’t a single coin to be had among the wealthy that King Barack despised. And now, with no coins or property…the wealthy were made peasants.
Tragically, there was no Robin Hood here, in the far western reaches of the Sherwood Forest, known as America…to stop the king and the sheriff…as there was on the other side of the Big Pond. That Robin Hood was able to stop the looting by King John and return the money to its rightful owners. Such was NOT the case in this region of the Forest.
Thus, the king and sheriff lived handsomely on the bounty they confiscated. They built larger and larger palaces for themselves…they partied every Monday and Wednesday with Sir Jay Z of The Hamptons…son of Adnes…and feasted on pheasant and wild boar, gosling, cream covered fruit, and dozens of saffron-covered boiled eggs each meal. Then, the king and sheriff hired more knights to protect them…and allowed those knights to bed down concubines and wenches to help them pass the time when they traveled to Columbia. The king built larger…and more cricket courses…and played over 200 times.
The kings parties never ceased…even as the peasants starved.
Meanwhile…with no more wealthy merchants to pay peasants, there were no longer any jobs. No one had any money at all any longer to pay the physicians for leeches when the plague came back.
Everyone in the kingdom died.
They were all equal now. Equally dead. The king had fulfilled his promise of equality to the peasants.