The TV Cowboy Code

Saturday, November 25, 2017
by Patrick Dorinson

This coming week Congress will mount their high horse once again and pass a resolution mandating sexual harassment training for all members male and female.

But no amount of sexual harassment training will put an end to boorish behavior and in some cases downright sexual assault that has and continues to occur. That will take more than an act of Congress.

And brace yourself as the speeches from the well of the House will be hailed as some of the greatest speeches ever given before Congress.

We will no doubt hear compelling stories from women members about what they have had to endure from piggish men who have used their positions of power to prey on women- especially young women.

We will also no doubt hear from men about their wives and daughters and how much they respect women.

If you have a shot of whiskey every time you hear a male member invoke the women in their life you will become an alcoholic.

In addition, millions of words are about to be written in newspapers and websites about what an historic moment this is as women’s voices are finally heard on this subject.

 Well, I too am glad that we are finally bringing out into the open what has been going on behind the closed doors that lead to the corridors of power in Washington, Hollywood and corporate America.

But as others have pointed out over the past few days, much of this newfound outrage is about 20 years too late.

When Bill Clinton was given a pass in the Lewinsky Affair, and merely labeled a randy old hound dog who was tough to keep on the porch, the bar was lowered to the point where there was no bar.

The legion of Clinton apologists, no doubt on orders from Clinton Incorporated headquarters in Chappaqua, have recently taken to the panels on cable TV gabfests to state that he never got a pass and that he was the most investigated president in history!

However this time, unlike years past their voices have been drowned out by a new generation of political operatives who owe no allegiance to Bill and Hillary and would prefer that they move to a retirement community in Florida and take the whole Baby Boomer generation with them.

And that is the one thing that many of these serial harassers have in common.

They are either card carrying members of the Baby Boomer generation or in some cases are little older like Charlie Rose.

In either case they grew up and came of age during the great sexual revolution of the 1960s when the ‘pill’ method of contraception-among other things-changed society forever.

But I am no social scientist and I am not going to engage in some navel gazing debate about the pros and cons of that revolution.

It happened and there is no going back to the good old days of sexual abstinence and no pre-marital sex. That doesn’t mean that is not desirable it is just that the current media created culture won’t allow it.

They’re making too much money off sex and violence to give it up.

No I am more concerned with the legacy of some of the males of my generation when it comes to the basic values of human decency we were taught as boys and somehow forgot.

And I’m not talking about religious values although the Ten Commandments ain’t too bad a place to start.

I am talking about the values we learned from the black and white images on our old televisions on Saturday mornings or the short serials in the movie theater before the main feature.

I’m talking about Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger and Gene Autry.

Now before you say ‘oh they were just actors and that was just make believe’, most of the stuff on TV or in the movies that kids watch today are also just make believe but Hollywood nonetheless uses this programming to program our youth.

I am glad I grew up when our make believe heroes taught us the difference between right and wrong.

And the added bonus was that our Saturday cowboy heroes backed up all the things our parents tried to instill in us.

Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning eating a bowl of corn flakes.

So here is your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week.

Each TV cowboy had a code of conduct that they expected us to follow.

And even though they are from a bygone era, they are truer and more needed today than they have ever been.

Here is the legendary Gene Autry’s Code of Honor.

·        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 on trouble.

·        A cowboy is always a god 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.

Instead of sexual harassment training which seems to be as useless as teats on a bull and Committees on Ethics that only proves they have no ethics, perhaps Congress should hand out some of the old TV cowboy’s codes to its members, especially the Baby Boomers.

Who knows, it might even stir some memories of values they learned in front of a small TV on a Saturday morning and never should have forgotten in the first place.

And that goes for everything in life not just sex.