Sunday, May 25, 2014

a little about America's idea of cowboys and traditional male values

I've always been a fan of Gene Autry's Cowboy Code:
  • A cowboy never takes unfair advantage - even of an enemy.
  • A cowboy never betrays a trust. He never goes back on his word.
  • A cowboy always tells the truth.
  • A cowboy is kind and gentle to small children, old folks, and animals.
  • A cowboy is free from racial and religious intolerances.
  • A cowboy is always helpful when someone is in trouble.
  • A cowboy is always a good worker.
  • A cowboy respects womanhood, his parents and his nation's laws.
  • A cowboy is clean about his person in thought, word, and deed.
  • A cowboy is a Patriot.
It doesn't say explicitly that a cowboy should treat everyone with respect, but maybe he knew that had already been covered in Hopalong Cassidy's Creed for American Boys and Girls: "If you want to be respected, you must respect others. Show good manners in every way."

And in Wild Bill Hickock's Deputy Marshal's Code of Conduct: "I will be polite and courteous."

And in Roy Rogers' Riders Club Rules: "Be courteous and polite."

I also found a pleasantly socialist sentiment in The Lone Ranger Creed: "Men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number."

And some good Old Cowboy's Advice: "Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled."

Those, and more, are at The Cowboy Code.

And I found Autry's "The Death of Mother Jones", which has nothing to do with this post, but is another reason I like the guy:

Since I'm rambling about Gene Autry, the Autry National Center is a great place to visit in Los Angeles.