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Back In The Saddle, Again

One of my favorites from childhood (WAY back in the 1950s) was Gene Autry.  Along with Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers, he embodied much of the Western mythos that was presented to we children.  In later life, he contributed heavily to charity, and even owned a baseball team.  Obviously, Capitalism was good to him.

But, Mr. Autry wasn’t just a capitalist, film, radio and TV star.  He set forth in his radio show a set of rules to live by.  The Cowboy Code.  Granted, they may seem trite by today’s standards, but in their simplicity and directness really aren’t a bad way to conduct oneself.

A Cowboy Must:

  1. Never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage;
  2. Never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him;
  3. Always tell the truth;
  4. Be gentle with children, the elderly and animals;
  5. Not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas;
  6. Help people in distress;
  7. Be a good worker;
  8. Keep himself clean in thought, speech, action and personal habits;
  9. Respect women, parents and his nation’s laws;
  10. Be a patriot.

I don’t recall having any toys attributed to him (I still have my Hopalong Cassidy watch, somewhere!) but finding these rules in my Internet travels is a better remembrance.

My question is this – what values are being presented to today’s children steeped in popular culture?  From the Kardashians to the Octomom…what are their rules to live by?

(I DO apologize for mentioning them – Guffaw)

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


8 thoughts on “Back In The Saddle, Again

  1. Current code: I want what I want when I want it.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | October 1, 2012, 8:00 am
  2. No code. Do whatever you want, whenever you want and who cares who it hurts. Not all kids of today live this way, but far to many do.

    Posted by A Girl And Her Gun (@agirlandhergun) | October 1, 2012, 10:38 am
  3. Greatest baseball quote of all time concerned Autry, who owned the California Angels. The Angels were playing for the pennant, and Manager Gene Mauch gave the team a pep talk before one game:

    “Mr. Autry had a horse named Champion. He didn’t have no horse named Runner Up.”

    Posted by Borepatch | October 1, 2012, 7:08 pm
    • Damn you. I’ve had “Back In The Saddle Again” as an earworm for two days now. (Could be worse, but still…)

      Posted by JohnW | October 2, 2012, 9:30 am
      • You can always morph it into the Firesign Theatre:
        “Back to the shadows, again,
        Back where an Indian’s your friend.
        Where you can pee right into the stream (and that’s important!)…
        Back to the shadows again.”

        Posted by guffaw1952 | October 2, 2012, 9:43 am


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