Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ronald Reagan's Freudian Slip

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Future Republicans

One of the most remarkable -- and unremarked -- mythic changes in my lifetime is the near disappearance of "The Cowboys and Indians motif," a secular religion that totally dominated my youth. 

John Lennon said that "The Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ" but Westerns were even more popular, communicating a murderous, genocidal, violence-solves-all ethic that - in the minds of flag-waving "exceptionalists" - handily trumped The Sermon on The Mount. 

I grew up to "Happy Trails," the theme song of The Roy Rogers Show, an eagerly anticipated half hour serial which we watched weekly along with other "cowboy" demigods: Hopalong Cassidy, The Cisco Kid, Gabby Hayes, Death Valley Days, Colt 45, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Paladin, Bat Masterson, Zane Gray Theater, Bonanza and The Lone Ranger and Tonto, the Indian sidekick whose Spanish name means "Stupid."

Here is a video clip of Classic Western TV Show Intros from the '50s and '60s.

Today, the nearly defunct presumption that Indians were "supposed to be expropriated" -- and as early American politicians actually urged, "exterminated" --  finds modern reprise in our growing understanding that "black lives matter" and that cops no longer enjoy "open season on black males." 

General George Washington Orders "Complete Destruction" Of Iroquois Settlements

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