“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” — John Wayne
There was a time when the vast open lands of the west were yet to be tame, the mustang ran free from fences, and the cattle to graze free from barb wire. In those times there was no written law across these vast open lands, only a code, which led to a way of thinking, a way of survival, and a list of guidelines to live by. Until Zane Grey wrote his 1934 novel The Code of the West, there was no written code, just a set of rules that were set for a man to carry, and to live by.
Somewhere along the line, we forgot what that meant, and the power of greed, technology, money, and resources has taken us over. Wall street gets richer, and the government backs them up, and the heritage of the west is pushed further away. Once you seem to forget what our country was built on then we have come to an end. How many wrong’s can we do before our maker turns his back on us. in our society today it is OK to cheat, our elected government officials are attempting to change the laws our four fathers set for us, because they are afraid that we the people may just take over and fix things, however they stop us from even our basic rights.
Our nation has lost the way, and I feel that instead of forget our history, the real rich history of the western frontier, that we grasp it, and put it forth, much like Montana when they adopted the cowboy’s code as the Montana Code. America needs to adopt this code, and we need leadership that lives by this code to the core. Only if The Duke were alive today we could elect him to office, maybe if we had a true cowboy as our leader that lives by this code we would once again stand tall, as a nation, a country, and as one. Remember 9/11/01, WWJWD What Would John Wayne Do, and what would he have done, not only would he have stomped the right people, but taught them a lesson in doing so, instead we create war over greed, oil, drugs, and religion, for one thing only sole power.
America we have lost our way, and it is time we made a stand, The cowboy code is simple, and easy to live by. What would it be like if our children were taught to live by the cowboy code, instead of garbage reality shows. In my opinion there should be twenty western channels playing John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tom Mix and Clint Eastwood on teaching us the cowboy code, and teaching us to live by it strong, and firm. The loyalty, trustworthiness, and integrity of the American cowboy is a legacy that still does endure today we have just began to lose sight of it and, regardless of your profession, you can be considered a cowboy, and I’ll tell you why. The Cowboy isn’t just the guy you remember with chaps, handkerchief, and a ten gallon hat. A cowboy is an iconic hero, a man or woman that stands strong in what he/she believes in. A person that digs down to his/her heart and soul to give everything they got in whatever job is is they do. Like John Wayne said, “no matter his job.” A cowboy stands for something and lives by these simple values, which makes him/her the iconic hero we all know and love.
The man with no name told us it’s halftime America, at this years Superbowl, and it is time to come back and make a difference.
America it is time to be the hero’s our children need us to be, show them that it is OK to live by a set core of values, and we as a country of the land of the free and the home of the brave will one day again be something worth fighting for.
The Cowboy’s Code is as follows, if you can find a way to add these ten core values in everything you do, you will be living the cowboys code.
Live each day with courage.
Take pride in your work.
Always finish what you start.
Do what has to be done.
Be tough, but fair.
When you make a promise, keep it.
Ride for the brand.
Talk less and say more.
Remember that some things aren’t for sale.
Know where to draw the line.
-James P. Owen