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Biophilic

(4,060 posts)
Sun May 29, 2022, 04:14 PM May 2022

Mourning Cow Boy Hats. Bear with me, this isn't trivial.

I was a kid in the 50s. The TV Cow Boys of that era taught me everything I needed to know about responsibility, bravery, good citizenship, community, leaderships, and, I suspect a whole lot more. From Lash Larue to Sky King, from The Lawman to Cheyenne, from The Big Valley to the Ponderosa, from Wagon Train to Rawhide I was taught to trust The Hat to take care of whatever was needed to be done (except for the bad guys, of course, life was simpler then.)

Then life happened and that trust began to have a few dents. Nothing serious, but over the years a few nicks and chips. Walker, Texas Ranger was probably the first time I allowed true, deep distrust to creep into my faith in the hat. Ammon Bundy and his crew did a pretty good job of making me think twice about the myths, but still, I could persist in holding onto the basics.

I seriously needed those beliefs that churned around The Cow Boy Hat. They were foundational philosophy. Everything sort of sat on top of them.

Those hats are shot full of holes now. The philosophy and beliefs that went with them are like like horse shit on a dusty dirt street. Just something to step around.

How I will fill those empty spaces I'm not sure. They are very old and very deep in my psyche as they are for many, many others.

The children killed I will mourn today and tomorrow and beyond. The Cow Boy Hat myths I will probably still be mourning on my death bed. Deep in my psyche there are some very large, empty holes.

I hate growing up, but I hate it even more when I'm in my mid 70s. I will need to fill in those empty holes. I just know it won't be with cow boy hats.

I know I'm not the only one. Over the years I've found myself time and again being the voice of ordinary people. So I'll suck it up once again and speak about what I fear are unpopular topics. These feelings need a voice.

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Mourning Cow Boy Hats. Bear with me, this isn't trivial. (Original Post) Biophilic May 2022 OP
Those were just morality plays were there was a clear distinction between FSogol May 2022 #1
I know that, but the 6 and 7 year that was shaping my psyche didn't. She thought it was real. Biophilic May 2022 #4
The good guys wore white hats. And had white horses. leftyladyfrommo May 2022 #28
Cowboy hats and cowboy boots on guys who don't rope cattle for a living Aristus May 2022 #2
I grew up around real cowboys. Mosby May 2022 #6
Or roping/cutting MuseRider May 2022 #9
And honesty was a prized virtue.truth, justice, the American way. I mourn with you Walleye May 2022 #3
Yeah, damn it, I really wanted it to be real. Biophilic May 2022 #5
The Texas Rangers have been wearing cowboy hats forever, but they seem to have LeftInTX May 2022 #7
The Texas Rangers didn't invent police brutality, says the author of a new book, 'they perfected it' Celerity May 2022 #12
Maybe that's our problem; our myths are so far removed from reality that there Biophilic May 2022 #16
It actually came out a couple of years ago Retrograde May 2022 #23
yes, that article is almost exactly 2 years old (June 3, 2020) Celerity May 2022 #24
This message was self-deleted by its author Celerity May 2022 #13
My fave douchebag in a cb hat is Sid Fucking Miller. Tx Ag Comm. What a kkklown w/them teefies CurtEastPoint May 2022 #21
he looks lie a triple cross between Celerity May 2022 #26
Thanks for the trip down memory lane but you didn't mention the top two cowboys... brush May 2022 #8
Only so much room on a post. Besides, for some reason I didn't particularly like Biophilic May 2022 #14
I was more a Roy Rogers fan. brush May 2022 #18
Yes he was and Dale actually knew how to use a gun. Biophilic May 2022 #19
The TV Cow Boys of that era taught me everything I needed to know about Ferrets are Cool May 2022 #10
I agree, but I needed a lot of help cause my parents were not really helpful being totally Biophilic May 2022 #15
Foundational myths--and this is one--are extremely powerful. Our generation grew up on this one Hekate May 2022 #11
Thanks, Hekate. It was really hard to post those ideas for several reasons. Biophilic May 2022 #17
Hold on Hekate May 2022 #20
Thanks, Hekate. Biophilic May 2022 #27
Real Cowboys! VGNonly May 2022 #22
my grandfather was chief of police in Pauls Valley Oklahoma in the 40s samnsara May 2022 #25

FSogol

(45,736 posts)
1. Those were just morality plays were there was a clear distinction between
Sun May 29, 2022, 04:17 PM
May 2022

Good and bad. Real life is much less clear cut.

BTW, all the bad guys in those shows were wearing cowboy hats too.

Biophilic

(4,060 posts)
4. I know that, but the 6 and 7 year that was shaping my psyche didn't. She thought it was real.
Sun May 29, 2022, 04:23 PM
May 2022

Those things lie deep within us and we don't even notice them until something jars them.

leftyladyfrommo

(18,975 posts)
28. The good guys wore white hats. And had white horses.
Sun May 29, 2022, 07:01 PM
May 2022

And the bad guys were really bad. They rustled cattle or robbed banks. And they always got caught and ended up in jail.

I used to watch a whole bunch of those shows. And before that we heard them on our huge radio.

Aristus

(67,049 posts)
2. Cowboy hats and cowboy boots on guys who don't rope cattle for a living
Sun May 29, 2022, 04:21 PM
May 2022

just push my “Oh PLEASE!” button. I just want to tell them “Dude, you’re not a cowboy. You’re just a slack-muscled, beer-bellied suburban loser with delusions of adequacy. Lose the cowboy shit.”

Mosby

(16,673 posts)
6. I grew up around real cowboys.
Sun May 29, 2022, 04:34 PM
May 2022

Most of them wore baseball caps. They only wore cowboy hats when going out for dinner and dancing.

MuseRider

(34,264 posts)
9. Or roping/cutting
Sun May 29, 2022, 05:02 PM
May 2022

competitions. Same here, ball caps. Probably because those really nice cowboy hats are expensive!

LeftInTX

(27,271 posts)
7. The Texas Rangers have been wearing cowboy hats forever, but they seem to have
Sun May 29, 2022, 04:38 PM
May 2022

gotten outlandish recently..

Maybe they want them super big to make themselves look super tall or something

The DPS Troopers also wear them, but they aren't as crazy looking. State Troopers are basically the same as state troopers in any state. I have no idea why the Rangers wear those awful 20 gallon hats.

I can see the troopers because they're out in the sun and the hats act as visors. For the Rangers it's all about cosplay.



The Texas Ranger Division is the primary criminal investigative branch of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Examples of investigations can include:

Murder, robbery, sexual assault, burglary, theft and fraud
bank fraud
theft by credit card and computer generated counterfeit checks
misuse of criminal history information
misconduct and corruption of public officials
threats against the governor and other state and federal officials
missing persons, parental abductions, questionable deaths and unidentified bodies

Activities of the Texas Ranger Division consist primarily of conducting criminal and special investigations, apprehending wanted felons, suppressing major disturbances, protection of life and property, and rendering assistance to local law enforcement officials in suppressing crime and violence. https://www.dps.texas.gov/section/texas-rangers/ranger-responsibilities


I know it's not easy to get into the Rangers.
If they're such an elite group, why do they wear those gawd awful hats??

They also have a history of racial violence.



Celerity

(45,196 posts)
12. The Texas Rangers didn't invent police brutality, says the author of a new book, 'they perfected it'
Sun May 29, 2022, 05:22 PM
May 2022
Doug J. Swanson documents the history of the state’s leading law enforcement agency in ‘Cult of Glory.'

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/books/2020/06/03/the-texas-rangers-didnt-invent-police-brutality-says-the-author-of-a-new-book-they-perfected-it/



Doug J. Swanson’s new book arrives at an extraordinary time in American history. Its official publication date is June 9, barely two weeks removed from the killing of George Floyd. A 46-year-old black man, Floyd died in police custody after a white officer pinned him to the ground with a knee to his neck, igniting protests across the country.

Swanson’s new book is Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers, who began in 1823 as a 10-man volunteer squad raised to protect the first American settlers in the Mexican territory of Texas. The Rangers, in Swanson’s words, “functioned as executioners” whose “job was to seize and hold Texas for the white man.” In the same way that author Gerald Posner’s latest book, Pharma, arrived on March 10, three days before the coronavirus provoked a national emergency, and with one of its chapters titled “The Coming Pandemic,” Swanson sees Cult of Glory as being “very timely.”

Eerily so.

“The nation reels anew,” Swanson says from his home in Pittsburgh, where the 34-year veteran of The Dallas Morning News now teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. “But it’s an old story: white police officers killing men and women of color. Some of the very worst of it happened a little over 100 years ago, along the Texas-Mexico border. There, the Texas Rangers — the vaunted official force of the Lone Star State — didn’t invent police brutality. But they perfected it. Operating as what we would now term death squads, they executed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.

“Some of those killed were bandits who attacked white-owned farms and ranches. But many of the dead had committed no crimes. They were guilty only of having brown skin. Or they lived on land that white ranchers wanted to steal. The Rangers obliged by beating and shooting them.”



snip

Biophilic

(4,060 posts)
16. Maybe that's our problem; our myths are so far removed from reality that there
Sun May 29, 2022, 05:33 PM
May 2022

is no chance of reconciling them either individually or culturally.

Retrograde

(10,317 posts)
23. It actually came out a couple of years ago
Sun May 29, 2022, 05:50 PM
May 2022

I read the library's copy then: according to the author, the modern Texas Rangers are the reformed, not-nearly-as-racist or authoritarian as the early 20th century ones. And they supposedly have modern state-of-the-art training now. Given how they seem to act these days it's hard to imagine the horror show they used to be.

Response to LeftInTX (Reply #7)

brush

(55,187 posts)
8. Thanks for the trip down memory lane but you didn't mention the top two cowboys...
Sun May 29, 2022, 04:50 PM
May 2022

Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey. What's up with that?

But seriously, thanks for the deep dive into when the sickness began to reveal itself fully, in the time many look back on fondly as when America was at it's greatest, having just won the war and coming out as the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world.

Biophilic

(4,060 posts)
14. Only so much room on a post. Besides, for some reason I didn't particularly like
Sun May 29, 2022, 05:26 PM
May 2022

Gene Autrey. Loved his horse Champion thought. And as it turned out Gene turned out to be a bit of a jerk as I recall.

Biophilic

(4,060 posts)
19. Yes he was and Dale actually knew how to use a gun.
Sun May 29, 2022, 05:43 PM
May 2022

Truth to tell though I liked Pat and Nelly Bell best. There has always been something a bit off about me.

Ferrets are Cool

(21,231 posts)
10. The TV Cow Boys of that era taught me everything I needed to know about
Sun May 29, 2022, 05:13 PM
May 2022

how to kill them damn injuns.

Sorry, but getting all you need to know from a tv cowboy is sad.

Biophilic

(4,060 posts)
15. I agree, but I needed a lot of help cause my parents were not really helpful being totally
Sun May 29, 2022, 05:30 PM
May 2022

into themselves and being stylish 50s social leaders. And actually there were a couple of shows like Broken Arrow that me some dangerous leftish things like Indians were pretty cool people. Who knew?

Hekate

(92,355 posts)
11. Foundational myths--and this is one--are extremely powerful. Our generation grew up on this one
Sun May 29, 2022, 05:19 PM
May 2022

…thanks to tv shows and movies, but it existed before then. It was about honor and justice and helping others. It is really damn hard to give up the symbols of those things.

You laid it out beautifully and movingly, by the way.

I don’t remember many of the cowboy words, really, except maybe “Hi-yo Silver, awaaaay.”
What I do remember is the Superman intro: “Truth, Justice, and the American Way.” I never believed a man could fly, but I believed that. Deep in my child’s soul, I believed that, and in their own way those long-forgotten words were a guide in adulthood.

It’s been damn hard to hold on to any belief in “the American way,” but like you I have to hold on to those things I do believe in, like Truth and Justice.

Hold on.


Biophilic

(4,060 posts)
17. Thanks, Hekate. It was really hard to post those ideas for several reasons.
Sun May 29, 2022, 05:37 PM
May 2022

But I needed to say it out loud to begin to heal in order to keep what was worth saving and discard when was no longer true. Besides, i knew I wasn't alone learning to deal with reality versus childhood myths.

samnsara

(17,861 posts)
25. my grandfather was chief of police in Pauls Valley Oklahoma in the 40s
Sun May 29, 2022, 06:24 PM
May 2022

..he rode a horse and a motorcycle but wore a jack Friday type felt hat instead of a cowboy hat. have it displayed on my mantle...

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