Where are all the Cowboys?


As a kid growing up in the late 60’s through the 70’s I used to hurry home from school to watch all of the western TV shows I could watch. Seemed to always be a show on, with the good guys vs the bandits. Bonanza, The Big Valley, The High Chaparral, Gunsmoke and my personal favorite,  The VirginianBefore these came to be, you had The Lone Ranger, The Rifleman, Rawhide, Cheyenne and Maverick.

That is a lot of westerns in a time that was simpler. You idolized the stars of the TV shows because they did everything they could to do the right thing. Were there people shot? Yes. Were there fights? Yes. But you always knew that at the end of the show, the good guy was going to win. As kids we went outside and played cowboys and indians, or cowboys and bandits, and no one thought twice about it. You had side kicks like Tonto, Gabby Hayes, and Festus, who were always there to help out when needed, even when outnumbered.

That was a long time ago, but it has always stuck in my mind. It always taught me that there was a right way and a wrong way and if you were a bandit, you were going to get caught.

Nowadays, kids have no westerns, no heroes to look up to. They are either watching the Kardashians, Jersey Shore or some other moralless show that allows the public to watch people who do not care that kids watch, and have no regard for decency.

Now there are a few movies out there that uphold the rules for a good western, with my personal favorite being Tombstone which is based on a true story. Again, the good guys come out on top and the criminals are either arrested or shot. Yeah it was a rough time in those days, but that is how it had to be. Another favorite, is Pure Country where there were no guns, a little fighting, but had a moral to the story. In my haste to remember all of the great western movies, I would be remiss to not mention Tom Selleck as being one of the best for bringing authenticity to a movie. In the movie Monte Walsh William Devane had a great moment explaining what being a cowboy really meant:

 

Western movies are few and far apart these days, but there are a few that worth watching.

Because we as a culture have lost our way, forgot our past (except when convenient for political reasons) we tend to not talk about or teach our kids how history shapes things. The many movies made about The Alamo are all my favorites as well, as it told the way that we as Americans fought for what we believed in, even outnumbered by 6000. Heroes of the day, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and all those at the Alamo fought along side of 200 others against the Mexican Army of over 6000 and held them off for 13 days.

Those are the real heroes, those who fought against all odds!

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It would be nice to come home at night and once again be able to sit down with our family and cheer for the cowboy to beat the bad guys once again.

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of the reasons I have decided to try and build my dream around an old west town, and ranch. Because I think that not only will it be fun, but also bring back the heroes from the old west.

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Maybe just maybe the simple life will come back!

Via Con Dios, My friend!

 

 

 

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Hollywood and Politics: No Match Made in Heaven!


Now we have all heard rhetoric coming from both sides of the political spectrum. Both sides say “If you are not with me you’re against me!” Well, in some instances, that is true, but for the most part it is not, that is until you get to the extreme of either side. Of course, you can’t forget that there is a middle that leans which ever way agrees with their thoughts the most.

But in politics, there is another side to the story, and that is the celebrity endorsements. Now mind you, most people watch movies, TV shows or listen to the music you like the best, but does that translate into a celebrity knowing more than the average person when it comes to politics?

On one hand politicians hang out with celebrities because of their following, and because the celebrities have money and the politicians want their money. Just like everything else, a politician will put on a show for a celebrity and pretend that they listen to them just for their endorsement.

The good news is, there are some very smart celebrities out there as well, and two come to mind, Kurt Russell and Carrie Underwood. Both in recent weeks have done interviews where the reporters tried to corner them into a political discussion. Both of them wisely stated that they believed in not pushing what they believed on others and that voting is a private thing that should not be flaunted.

Now that doesn’t mean they can’t say what they believe, after all, in America, you can say what is on your mind. The problem is, that often times when you say what is on your mind, your job is affected by what you say and those who believe differently than you, will hold it against you.

Kurt Russell explained how he felt about the second amendment on two occasions, once on “The View” and once in an audio interview. The audio interview turned a bit ugly because the reporter began using words like “gun nuts” and other colorful language about those of us that love our guns and the right to “keep and bear arms.” After a few minutes, Mr. Russell walked out on the interview because he knew that the reporter had an agenda.

Carrie Underwood was ambushed during a red carpet event that had nothing to do with politics and was asked questions about her feelings on today’s politics. She was smart and said that she was not there to talk about politics.

Both of these examples are the ways that most of us should be. That doesn’t mean that you have to not talk about politics at all, but once it becomes a shouting match it is time to walk away and let your vote count!

I know, many of you who know me, knows I get into quite a few political discussions that end up in an argument, and yes, I am guilty. But many times I cut off the discussion because it is no use arguing with people who are not there to listen to me.

Keep in mind, when I speak of celebrities, I am not speaking about people like Michael Moore, who really is only out there making movies to fit his agenda, and he is really not a celebrity at all.

2-A The same goes for people like Piers Morgan, who is not even an American, who thinks he can inject his opinion into our lives and expects people to listen to him. Do they have followers that hang on every word they say? Yes. Are they always correct? No, not by a long shot. But they are the squeaky wheel and people hear them, it doesn’t make them right about what they say! The fact that he is not American means he has absolutely no say at all about what we do in our country!

So the moral of the story is, talk about politics, talk about what your believe in, but know when it is no use and walk away. Then go to the polls and let your vote count. It is not worth the stress and it is not worth seeing who can yell the loudest.

One of my favorite pastimes is to post something I believe in, exaggerate it a little, and watch those who don’t believe in the same thing keep yelling to try and get your attention.

Maybe I should make that into a game called PoliticScream, with points!