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Beware Of The Double-Tounged: The Outlaw Josey Wales and Ten Bears Solve Race Problems In America

The Outlaw Josey Wales is arguably one of the best westerns of all time. Some may disagree. But they’re wrong. I know there are other good ones out there. Anything John Wayne counts as great. The western novel and the western movie are a uniquely American genre that taps into our cultural identity. Stirring visions of freedom, expansion, good vs. evil, struggle, loneliness, victory, loss, violence, self-determination, colt 45’s and peace all set to the dramatic backdrop of the American west.

I grew up reading Louis L’Amour novels. The reason I’m a writer can be traced back to those simple yet fantastic paperback westerns. As a youngster I was lost in the expanse of the west and caught up in the hope of overcoming the bad guys and winning the girl. My friends and I discovered Josey in High School. Yes, I am on a first name basis with the outlaw from Missouri. We watched it over and over…memorizing the lines. I even practiced his reverse cross draw for hours over my bed until I could do it pretty well. Yes, I had a real pistol as a teen. Yes, my parents let me play with it in my room. (That sounds bad.) No, it wasn’t loaded while I practiced. I never shot anything accidentally and only imagined myself eliminating the bad guys whether they were government liars or Kansas Red-legs. Josey Wales played by Clint Eastwood became a sort of role model for us from a time long past.

The Outlaw Josey is a real quote-fest for some of us. Many good lines I use today came from Josey. They are mostly to be used when I’m talking to myself under my breath. Here are a couple good ones just for fun. You might like to incorporate them into your vernacular. Watch the movie to get the full effect.

When someone is dragging out doing something they are obviously trying to avoid, yu say: Are you gonna pull them pistols or whistle Dixie?

When you see a dead animal on the road and your wife or child asks if we should pull over and bury it, you say: Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.

It’s even better if you learn how to imitate Clint Eastwood’s raspy voice.

When you hear Obama speaking, you say: Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining.

When someone does something you know you can’t repay or you do something nice for someone else and expect no remuneration, you say: You can pay me when you see me again. (Followed by) I reckon so.

This brings me to our race problems in America as highlighted by the shenanigans in Ferguson, Missouri.

Josey was from Missouri and he moved to Texas. Moving to Texas might be a good idea for people from Missouri. However, other than moving out of state, Josey demonstrates a real race relations strategy.

Here is some dialog between Josey and Comanche Chieftain Ten Bears. They are deciding whether or not to kill each other because of different skin color or ideology. I think we can learn from it.

Ten Bears: “These things you say we will have, we already have.”

Josey Wales: That’s true. I ain’t promising you nothing extra. I’m just giving you life and you’re giving me life. And I’m saying that men can live together without butchering one another.

Ten Bears: “It’s sad that governments are chiefed by the double tongues. There is iron in your words of death for all Comanche to see, and so there is iron in your words of life. No signed paper can hold the iron. It must come from men. The words of Ten Bears carries the same iron of life and death. It is good that warriors such as we meet in the struggle of life… or death. It shall be life.”

I agree with Josey and Ten Bears. People can live together without butchering one another. But the double tongues found in government and the so-called race leaders today are nothing but the worthless signed paper of old. Life will come from those of us with different colored skins choosing life, just like Josey and Ten Bears.


S.C. Sherman

Senior Editor

Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, and others. His most recent novel, a political thriller titled Mercy Shot, and all titles by Steve can be found on Amazon or at www.scsherman.com.

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