Gunning for “The Cowboy Way”

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Robert Knight

In 1949, as part of its “Riders in the Sky” promotion, a film studio released Gene Autry’s 10-sentence Cowboy Code.  

The code resurfaced in 2007 in a biography of the movie star by Holly George-Warren, a prolific chronicler of America’s popular culture.  

The reason it’s included below is because cowboys are being thrown under the horse, along with “farting cows.”  They’re the latest targets of the political correctness that seeks to replace American grit with a nihilistic creed of wimpery.  

Actually, it started years ago when leftists thought they had delivered a roundhouse punch against Ronald Reagan, and later, George W. Bush, by deriding them as “cowboys.”  That made the two men rugged icons to many Americans.  

The same cultural vandals made another stupid mistake by dismissively dubbing Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative “Star Wars.” They actually thought that linking the high-tech missile defense system to one of the most popular movie franchises of all time would help kill it.  


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