Musings of the Chronologically Challenged™ Fourth Generation
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Be who you are and say what you feel. Those who mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. -- Dr. Seuss
From Brenda, Winterville, NC
It used to tick me off when the Muslim detractors in the Middle East, or detractors in Europe and others, called our President a cowboy, but the more I think about it, the more glad I am that he is,
When I was a kid, cowboys were my heroes. Well, I mean the ones in the white hats, not the black hats, who were usually the bad guys.
There was Tex Ritter, Tom Mix, Buck Jones,
Hopalong Cassidy, the Lone Ranger.....
There was Red Ryder, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers......
Then later, there was Marshall Matt Dillon, Hoss & Li'l Joe Cartwright,
Paladin, Maverick and others....
Rawhide's Rowdy Yates.
What were common attributes of these legendary cowboys? Here are a few:
They were never looking for trouble.
But when trouble came, they faced it with courage.
They were always on the side of right.
They defended good people against bad people.
They had high morals.
They had good manners.
They were honest.
They spoke their minds and they spoke the truth, regardless of what people thought or "political correctness," which no one had ever heard of back then.
They were a beacon of integrity in the wild, wild West.
They were respected. When they walked into a saloon (where they usually drank only sarsaparilla), the place became quiet, and the bad guys kept their distance.
If in a gunfight, they could outdraw anyone. If in a fist fight, they could beat up anyone.
They always won. They always got their man. In victory, they rode off into the sunset.
Those were the days when there was such a thing as right and wrong, something blurred in our modern world, and denied by many.
Now, as an older citizen, I still like cowboys...
They represent something good -- something pure that America has been missing.
Ronald Reagan was a cowboy. Ronald Reagan was brave, positive, and gave us hope. He wore a white hat. To the consternation of his critics, he had the courage to call a spade a spade and call the former Soviet Union what it was -- the evil empire.
President Bush distinguishes between good and evil. He calls a spade a spade, and after 9-11 called evil "evil," without mincing any words. That's what cowboys do, you know. He also told the French to "put their cards on the table" (old West talk).
In the old West, might did not make right.
Right made might.
Cowboys in white hats were always on the side of right, and that was their might.
I am glad my President is a cowboy.
He got his man!
Cowboys do, you know.
God Bless America!
>^..^< Baldilockshas covered every aspect of this societal problem with clarity and honesty -- except that it pervades color lines. Like Juliette, I don't intend to cut any slack to irresponsible parents; I just see the abomination as endemic to the last several generations of children in this country. Yes, I vote for reinstitution of stigma - to parents, as she says.
>^..^< Chuck has posted a nice pic of my daughter's "Koi pond in progress" over at redneckin. He also has some tips for the wannabee plumber! LOL
>^..^< The Grouchy Old Cripple is kind enough to toss out an advance threat/warning when a bad moon (rant) will soon be rising on his blog. I'm issuing a similar alert. Nevermind that such a post will demolish the Indigo image according to a recent comment: "I'm really thinking about turning this blog into something more like Indigo Insights. Indigo always has links, articles and good jokes she finds, rarely posts about politics and never rants. It's always nice and peaceful over at Indigo's."
>^..^< Give a lost kitty a home?
WISDOM OF PETS
If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout...run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
[Thanks to Melva, Swansboro, NC]