“Tribute” is a complicated word. Why? Well, tribute is generally collected by the ruling class, and when our rulers are doing something inglorious they don’t want us to know it.
Here is the origin of the term.
tribute (n.)mid-14c., “stated sum of money or other valuable consideration paid by one ruler or country to another in acknowledgment of submission or as the price of peace or protection,” from Anglo-French tribute, Old French tribut and directly from Latin tributum “tribute, a stated payment, a thing contributed or paid,” noun use of neuter of tributus, past participle of tribuere “to pay, assign, grant,” also “allot among the tribes or to a tribe,” from tribus (see tribe). Sense of “offering, gift, token” is first recorded 1580s.
What have politicians done to the word “tribute”? Here is today’s primary definition.
tribute (n) a gift, testimonial, compliment, or the like, given as due or in acknowledgment of gratitude or esteem.
“Tribute” is now a good thing? Is it not remarkable how our leaders can fool with our heads?
Of course, when politicians are at their best they don’t call paying tribute to the terrorists who demand money and other valuables tribute. Nope! For the sake of peace, they just made a great deal. Unfortunately, lots of otherwise intelligent people accept this malarkey as wisdom. Consider how Doug (FPS/DougLite.com) proposes to solve WMD problem posed by the evil dictator of North Korea.
Bottom line… we need to solve this issue NOW… and forget all the speculation as to “when” he might get the technology. Just assume he will… and start now to induce him into not wanting to use it. Do what America does best…. give him the respect he wants… and… BUY HIM OUT! I am sure once the Chinese realize we are willing to put on the table an American withdrawal from the South they will suddenly get involved in helping us solve the problem. (from here)
BUY HIM OUT? Sounds like a powerful statement, but it is a euphemism for paying tribute (an act of weakness) to an evil and dangerous thug. To top it off thinks it makes sense to allow ourselves to be intimidated and withdraw support for an ally. Hence, we would withdraw our troops from South Korea.
Is there any reason to believe ‘s idea could work? No. We have tried to buy out previous North Korean dictators. In 1994 the Clinton administration tried to buy out the North Korean dictator (see Agreed Framework and The Clinton Nuclear Deal with Pyongyang: Road Map to Progress or Dead End Street?). Of course, the Clinton administration avoided characterizing the goodies that they gave the thug running North Korea as paying tribute, but that is what they did. They paid tribute to a thug. Ultimately, they got nothing in return. Thugs don’t give up anything to people they deem weak.
Just how gullible are our leaders? When it comes to paying tribute to thugs, just how gullible are we? Well, here is a more blatant example. The United States and the Israelis help to finance The Palestinian Authority (PLA). Instead of tribute, we call what we give these thugs foreign aid. How do PLA thugs spend “their” money?
The Palestinian Authority, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, gives financial rewards for terror attacks. The more people killed in an attack, the higher the financial reward. Families of terrorists receive a pension for life which is triple the average salary in the West Bank, free tuition and health insurance, a clothing allowance, and a monthly stipend.
In 2016, the PA paid $135 million to terrorists jailed in Israel, and $183 million to families of terrorists. That adds up to more than $300 million to reward and incentivize acts of murder — in one year alone. (from here)
Fortunately, Doug Lamborn, the Republican U.S. representative from Colorado, and Elazar Stern a member of Israel’s Knesset, are sponsoring bills to stop funding the PLA until they stop compensating terrorism. However, the fact remains our leaders don’t seem to have much trouble giving our money to evil thugs. Given what we know of the character and motives of the people who run North Korea and the PLA, why are we giving them any money at all? Why, with the most powerful military forces in the world, do we to pay tribute to evil men?
Matthew 7:6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Why don’t our leaders have trouble paying tribute to evil men? Perhaps it is because they do it all the time. When they redistribute our wealth, they pay tribute. They pay off the voters whose votes they bought, and they pay off the donors who contributed to their campaigns.