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Compassionate Conservatism

November 22, 2009

Vlad III Tepes Dracul of the ‘Order of the Dragon’, also known as Vlad the Impaler (1431-1476) was notorious for his vicious and bloody reign of a kingdom within central Europe. His reputation was immortalized in the fictional realm through a famous story, some of you may have heard, called “Dracula.”

But did you know he was a humanitarian as well, and had innovative solutions in dealing with poverty?

Here is an account of one of his glorious acts for the poor, something that surely warms the fuzzy belly of trickle-down theorists where ever they are:

On one famous occasion recorded in the chronicles, he invited all the elderly, the poor, and the sick of his realm to gather in a splendid wooden banquet hall, where he plied them (a bit suspiciously) with roast meats and fine wine. As the grateful peasants were digesting their repast, Vlad’s soldiers sealed the doors and windows and set the building on fire, incinerating all inside.

I did this so that no one will be poor in my realm,” explained Vlad.

Bravo, sir! Bravo!

For more interesting tid-bits on history’s strange underbellies in the context of social dinner parties and famous people involved hop on in here

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