Skip to comments.Roy Rogers' America (Duncan Hunter - 1998)
Posted on 06/05/2007 10:05:20 AM PDT by pissant
Roy Rogers' recent death, untimely to millions of Americans who loved him, was, in a tragic sense, symbolic of the death of an era of wholesome television entertainment. Actually, the era of good TV has long since passed.
But the black and white clips of Roy Rogers' Hollywood in this week's memorial reviews, provide a jolting look at how far we have slipped.
Roy Rogers was wholesome. His episodes never offended decency. Any child could watch Roy Rogers without a nervous parent monitoring the show to quickly "click off" the bad parts as is so necessary with TV today.
Roy used good language and was never profane. In his films, he unfailingly demonstrated his own fidelity to courage, honesty, and the Christian value of helping one's neighbor.
Roy's weekly mission of "rounding up the bad guys" was always altruistic; self-reward was noticeably absent. His treatment of women was always courteous and respectful. The frontier image of manhood was effectively reflected by Roy Rogers in such a way that any boy emanating him would receive an "A" in civility from his mom.
This in contrast to the recent newspaper headline which read: "11-Year-Old Who Raped 5-Year-Old Says He Learned Sex From Cable TV."
Roy Rogers has been criticized by today's film makers as unrealistic. "Filthy words, savage attacks on women, and selfishness as the primary human motivator," they argue, "represent the real America and are box office winners."
This is, at once, the real lie of Hollywood and its dereliction of duty.
"America is great, because America is good," wrote the Frenchman Alexis De Tocqueville several hundred years ago. His assessment of American character has since been validated a million times: The nation that left 38,000 Americans dead and wounded in one day at Antietam Creek to free the slaves; MacArthur's G.I.s walking the streets of a defeated Tokyo and, instead of returning the brutality of Tojo's forces, handing out Hershey's bars to Japanese children as prelude to massive humanitarian aid; tens of thousands of American service clubs, charities, churches, and individuals, giving help, food, medical aid and comfort during every major disaster this century.
Indeed, Americans give more in charitable donations than all the other nations of the world combined.
Who is right, Roy Rogers or the cynics? The undeniable, historic record of the "good America" of Roy Rogers justifies the next question: Which qualities are the more appropriate model for our TV-viewing children, Roy Rogers' or the cynics'?
Roy Rogers' America did exist and still does.
Every time a boy addresses a woman as "Ma'am," an elder as "Sir," every time there is an act of kindness, every time honesty is practiced, every time one fights valiantly for what is right...Roy Rogers' America exists. And we win.
Happy Trails Roy.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bob Hunter is the Congressman's father
While there was only one Reagan, Hunter certainly comes closest.
Duncan Hunter raise the bar of integrity for the other candidates.
He certainly holds the same values and beliefs in American goodness.
Yep. Not too many apperances for GLAAD and NARAL on his schedule.
Roy Rogers, a man who got in a fist fight during every show, shot bad guys with his guns and had an attack dog that bites. I loved watching his show. It was the best kids western of all time. I wish there was something as good for my 7 year old to watch.
I recall old America too.
It was great.
Roy was before my time. I watched Gunsmoke and The Lone ranger though.
It was great.
I miss it.
It’s a shame that the westerns are gone, they taught good values and individual responsibility...
I guess that’s why we done see them...
>>>Roy was before my time.
Roy Rogers, Dale Evans & Perry Como: Happy Trails
Do we all have to watch dopey cowboy shows, or can we maybe have wholesome kiddie shows on the wholesome kiddie show channel and then entertainment for grownups on a different channel?
Oh wait, that's what we have now. Yo Duncan, turn on Nickelodeon. No cuss words or anything!
Come to think of it, most of my heroes are also long gone.
We heard it on the radio while driving to Alexandria, Minnesota to go antiquing (that town crawls with antique stores), and I thought I smelled an opportunity to snatch up some cheap memorabilia.
Even within the two hours of the report of his death, I was too late - anything and everything Roy Rogers was really marked UP.
Are Gray’s Anatomy, Desperate Houswives, and Will and Grace preferable to shows like Gunsmoke, Get Smart, and Wild Wild West? I thought not.
Then you grow up and wonder why you ever watched.
His point was a little broader than praising a good kids TV show.
Let's face facts: In the fifties TV was still in its vaudville stage. There were some good shows, but in retrospect many were really, really bad.
Gunsmoke--I've seen a couple of reruns. Horrible show. Basically a corny drama set in the west. you can have it.
Get Smart--camp humor only goes so far. couple of good gags here and there.
Wild Wild West--never seen it
Truthfully, I don't really watch tv shows. I find them to be a waste of precious time. I like movies, and the movies I like are often times not rated G. I watched "Millers Crossing" on tv last night for the umpteenth time. Great movie, great cast, definitely not wholesome.
I can understand nostalgia for wholesome shows. When I was a kid in the 70s, we had The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. I don't really think that kind of thing sells anymore. It's not like tv networks are jamming stuff down our throats. They have to get ratings to succeed. The customer decides. Free market and all that. I think that tv is a reflection of our culture, not the other way around.
Besides, I was alive and kicking during the fifties and remember them well. This is a Reaganesque tribute to an America that never existed.
Love the quotes on yer profile.
Micheal Medved has a great analysis on Hollywood and why they have so much sex and gratutious violence. You’d be suprised at the economics of R versus G and PG rated films and shows.
That’s funny, I still find that America he speaks of in my neighborhood.
One for the Moral Absolutes list...?
I agree with placing restrictions on broadcast TV. I can even see the value in the V-chip, though I would leave it as a feature manufacturers can choose to include rather than legislating it's required use.
However, the government is not the people's moral compass and should not try and legislate wholesome television.
While I respect and appreciate Hunter's values, I don't want him trying to use the government to force them on our society.
Personal responsibility and moral behavior start at home, not in the capital building.
"Emanating?" Maybe he meant "imitating".
He’s not suggesting such. He’s saying that America is still the land of Roy Rogers. And the crap coming from hollywood these days does not change that.
That depends on which street you lived on.
Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe never said, "Nuts!" to the German demand for surrender, he in reality said, "F you!"
My parents to me to see Roy and Dale and the gang at the Allentown (PA) Fair when I was four. At the end of the show, Roy had all the kids come to the front of the stands and he rode by on Trigger and shook all our hands. I’ll never forget that moment.
Mead St, Alston, MA. Looked like an “after” picture of Dresden.
But we did live in a society that did not tolerate FUs spouted by students to teachers. Or kids wearing their pants so their asses hang out.
Now, too many places expel a kid for a pocket knife, for craps sake. When I was a kid, we used to ride our bikes to the outskirts of town with .22 rifles strapped on our backs to hunt rabbits.
The confluence of politically correct hypersensivity and garbage from the MSM makes for a cauldron of instability in many places now.
I can't deny that, FRiend.
I enjoyed it. One of my favorite stories from the book is when they would sit down at the dinner table. A round "lazy susan" table. Before they ate, they would bow their heads in prayer. One of their young sons (a big eater) took that opportunity to turn the lazy susan around so that the mashed potatoes would be directly in front of him. As soon as the prayer was finished, naturally he would get his share first. It took a while for roy to catch on. And then he decreed that during the prayer, they would all hold hands. Later on in another book, I saw this photo of them holding hands around the table:
Yeah! And besides that, the liberally biased news media is screwing up our country and the world!
1. The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage.
2. He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him.
3. He must always tell the truth.
4. He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals.
5. He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.
6. He must help people in distress.
7. He must be a good worker.
8. He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits.
9. He must respect women, parents, and his nations laws.
10. The Cowboy is a patriot.
Hopalong Cassidy’s Creed for American Boys and Girls
1. The highest badge of honor a person can wear is honesty. Be truthful at all times.
2. Your parents are the best friends you have. Listen to them and obey their instructions.
3. If you want to be respected, you must respect others. Show good manners in every way.
4. Only through hard work and study can you succeed. Don’t be lazy.
5. Your good deeds always come to light. So don’t boast or be a show-off.
6. If you waste time or money today, you will regret it tomorrow. Practice thrift in all ways.
7. Many animals are good and loyal companions. Be friendly and kind to them.
8. A strong, healthy body is a precious gift. Be neat and clean.
9. Our country’s laws are made for your protection. Observe them carefully.
10. Children in many foreign lands are less fortunate than you. Be glad and proud you are an American.
Wild Bill Hickock Deputy Marshal’s Code of Conduct
1. I will be brave, but never careless.
2. I will obey my parents. They DO know best.
3. I will be neat and clean at all times.
4. I will be polite and courteous.
5. I will protect the weak and help them.
6. I will study hard.
7. I will be kind to animals and care for them.
8. I will respect my flag and my country.
9. I will attend my place of worship regularly.
The Lone Ranger Creed
1. I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.
2. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
3. That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
4. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
5. That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
6. That “this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people,” shall live always.
7. That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
8. That sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
9. That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.
10. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.
Roy Rogers Riders Club Rules
1. Be neat and clean.
2. Be courteous and polite.
3. Always obey your parents.
4. Protect the weak and help them.
5. Be brave, but never take chances.
6. Study hard and learn all you can.
7. Be kind to animals and care for them.
8. Eat all your food and never waste any.
9. Love God and go to Sunday School regularly.
10. Always respect our flag and our country.
Roy Rogers Prayer
Lord, I reckon I’m not much just by myself,
I fail to do a lot of things I ought to do.
But Lord, when trails are steep and passes high,
Help me ride it straight the whole way through.
And when in the falling dusk I get that final call,
I do not care how many flowers they send,
Above all else, the happiest trail would be
For YOU to say to me, “Let’s ride, My Friend”
More of these codes can be found at:
Great stuff, fellers. A nice additon to the thread.
Another favorite story from Roy’s book that sticks out in my mind: Many times he had his friend and co-star Gabby Hayes over for dinner. At one of these dinners, the kids were acting up as usual. Arguing, fighting, talking loudly, even throwing food at each other. In the middle of all this melee, Roy noticed Gabby had tears in his eyes. Roy asked him, “Pappy, what’s the matter?”. And Gabby (a long time married man, but childless) answered, “Roy, you just don’t know how lucky you are.”
I didn't state my comment very well.
Yes, I don't see anything in this article advocating government regulation. It simply appears to be memorializing a good man, and showing leadership on moral issues. I see that as a good thing.
What we need in our elected representatives is moral leadership as opposed to trying to legislate morality. I don't know Hunter well enough to know how he approaches regulating morality, but he sure seems to do well in the moral leadership category.
That sounds like a great memory!
It not that they are real or perfect.
It was an Ideal to live up to.
We all screw up we are all sinners.
BUT WE MUST ALL KEEP TRYING...
An 80% solution is better than a 100% that is never realized.
I thought it worthy. :o)
Interesting perspectives here, and definitely one with absolute morals front and center.
Another example of Hunter’s great writing style.
GodVoter.com Endorses Duncan Hunter
Duncan Hunter answer the BIBLE Question - RE: CNN/YouTube debate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2007
San Diego, CA Presidential candidate and U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) took the opportunity today to respond to a question posed to candidates at the CNN-YouTube Republican Presidential debate that occurred last week that he did not have an opportunity to answer. Holding a Bible, Joseph Dearing from Dallas, Texas, asked the candidates, Do you believe every word of this book? Specifically, this book that I am holding in my hand, do you believe this book? Congressman Hunter has sent Mr. Dearing the following letter in answer to his question:
December 3, 2007
Dear Mr. Dearing:
At last weeks CNN-You Tube debate, you asked the question of all of us Do you believe in every word of this book? meaning the Bible. As you know, the moderator called on my fellow candidates Governor Romney, Mayor Giuliani and Governor Huckabee to answer, but I myself was not given an opportunity. Allow me to respond directly to your question now. Do I believe every word of the Bible? Yes, by faith.
I find the center of the Bible to be these words: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life, John 3:16. If you believe in this promise, which so obviously is not scientifically provable, then is there any other event in the Bible that Gods hand cannot accomplish?
On June 28, 1787, at the Constitution Convention when the delegates appeared to be hopelessly deadlocked, old Ben Franklin made a speech, the central sentence being the following: The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?
Following this statement, Franklin made a request resulting in the delegates approving a motion by James Madison to open every session with a prayer. The U.S. Constitution was thus born and this document, which delivers to every American the freedoms we enjoy, was produced by men of great faith and who very strongly believed in the Bible. Our further freedoms have been defended by American soldiers, 619,000 of whom were killed in battle during the last century, and a vast majority I feel believed the Bible.
I am sending you a book which I hope you will find instructive and persuasive, A Third Testament by Malcolm Muggeridge, chronicling the lives of great intellectuals in history who became followers of Christ and who believed in the Bible.
When I am asked by those who pride themselves on the reliance on provable scientific facts regarding the validity of the scriptures, I answer with one such set of facts. There are an infinite number of atoms on the head of a pin, each of which are circled by electrons. Who placed those electrons there? I hope their attempt to answer this question helps them to understand my three-word answer to your original question. Do I believe every word of the Bible? Yes, by faith.
Thank you again Mr. Dearing for your question. Sincerely, Duncan Hunter