Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Cowboy Code Of the West- Words to Live By!

The Cowboy Code of the West, the unwritten law of the true cowboys of the American West. The code embodied a spirit of individual responsibility, pride in country, God, and himself and family.

The above photo is of a group of Texas Cowboys at the turn of the century in 1901.

Today- it seems the basic nature of the Cowboy Code is hard to find. If everyone raised their children and lived the Cowboy Code- what a difference.

Listed below is The Cowboy Code of the West. Think about how many of these you follow every day- or would like to see more people follow. I have also added some tried and true Cowboy "thoughts" on how to be a True Cowboy........Ride American!!

The Cowboy Code of the West
Respect yourself and others.
Accept responsibility for your life.
Be positive and cheerful.
Be a person of your word.
Go the distance.
Be fair in all your dealings.
Be a good friend & neighbor.

In much the same way- Gene Autry wrote his:

Gene Autry's Cowboy Code Of Honor

A cowboy never takes unfair advantage - even of an enemy.
A cowboy never betrays a trust.
He never goes back on his word.
A cowboy always tells the truth.
A cowboy is kind and gentle to small children, old folks, and animals.
A cowboy is free from racial and religious intolerance's.
A cowboy is always helpful when someone is in trouble.
A cowboy is always a good worker.
A cowboy respects womanhood, his parents and his nation's laws.
A cowboy is clean about his person in thought, word, and deed.
A cowboy is a Patriot.

The Lone Ranger Creed

I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world. That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right. That a man should make the most of what equipment he has. That "this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people," shall live always. That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number. That sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken. That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man. -The Lone Ranger

Will Rogers was probably the greatest political sage this country has ever known. Here is some sound advice from Will……..
(the picture is Inauguration of Maddux Air Lines passenger service between Los Angeles and San Diego, September 22, 1927. Passengers included Mr. and Mrs. Will Rogers; Benjamin Franklin Mahoney, owner of Ryan Aircraft Manufacturing Company; Harry Culver, developer of Culver City; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Maddux; and Charles Lindbergh (pilot).)

Cowboy Code Of Ethics

Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman...neither works.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.

AND FINALLY: After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him . . . The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut!

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