Right Wing TV

by Brad Nelson11/18/16

Let us take a moment away from our daily grievance (the national pastime, right or left) and enjoy what is good, at least about the artistry of this nation. Here’s some music to set the mood:

Bonanza theme song.

Theme to Bonanza as sung by Johnny Cash.

As sung by Lorne Greene. (Old joke…”Who painted Lorne Greene?”)

I was watching (mostly in the background…aka background music) an episode of Bonanza yesterday that featured Tim “Animal House” Matheson as the guest star. The episode was titled ”New Man,” a sequel to “Riot” in which Ben helps Griff King (Tim Matheson) adjust to life outside of prison (by giving him gold stars and stroking his self esteem…not).

Of course, another crime comes up while Griff is working on the Ponderosa and the local deputy gives Griff scrutiny bordering on harassment. With these accusations in the background (and we have no idea if Griff has gone straight or not), Griff has to actually make the adjustment to the honest man’s life. Ben Cartwright starts him off with the most menial tasks. Trust is something that must be earned. Griff hates it and wants to do the fun stuff that Ben’s boys are doing. Joe takes some pity on him in this regard.

Anyway, compare a show such as this with the generally liberal and vulgar stuff on TV now. Although a good case could be made (I have done so myself) for just turning off the damn TV, you could do worse than learn the lessons of living the wild and hard life on the Ponderosa where the hard work roping strays and mending fences talks and bullshit walks. You’ll certainly never catch a Griff King occupying Wall Street or protesting those mean, capitalist ranchers such as the Cartwrights. In the Right Wing TV universe, you weren’t rewarded for being a pussy. You were instead prodded to be a man and do honest work.

Anyway, please come one and all and talk about the good things, the interesting fictional (They are fictional, right?) people outside the juvenile and idiotic universe of “The Big Bang Theory.” Our art inevitably reflects who we are or who we wish to be.

We chased lady luck, ’til we finally struck Bonanza.
With a gun and a rope and a hat full of hope, planted a family tree.
We got hold of a pot of gold, Bonanza.
With a horse and a saddle, and a range full of cattle, how rich can a fellow be?


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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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12 Responses to Right Wing TV

  1. Gibblet says:

    Bonanza! My all-time favorite show. The Cartwrights were probably my best role models growing up. And my Dad, of course. Between the example of the hard working Cartwright’s and the great times I had helping my Dad with land development and building, it’s no wonder I was a general contractor and would rather work outside than do typical “woman’s work”. What if Cartwrights had had a mother…..? We will never know!

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Ben Cartwright is (was) a great role model. In one of the live Sinatra concerts I have, he stops the show and notes that Lorne Greene is in the audience and calls him a great man. They give him a round of applause.

      Don’t know whether Lorne Greene was a great man. Never heered nuthin said agin him. But what a stamp he put on TV for a number of years. Now we have libtard little punks like Letterman & Co.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    Ah, Bonanza. I believe the first episode I ever saw (although only part of it) was while we were visiting Crete (then the only part of Greece that had TV). Waiting one night for dinner, I saw the early part of a show in which a character (I believe it was Hoss, though I wouldn’t have known it at the time) is attacked by bandits and left with amnesia. A German couple find him and informally adopt him as Heinrich (I suspect after a previous child). Then we got our dinner table, so I don’t know the rest.

    I can think of many memorable episodes, and I can see what you mean. Note that while Dan Blocker and Lorne Greene were liberals (and Blocker made anti-Reagan commercials in 1966), Landon was a conservative who supported Reagan in 1976.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    As I recall, Bonanza was the first regularly scheduled TV series broadcast in color. We didn’t have a color TV, but our next-door neighbors did. That was very special in the early 1960’s.

    Sometimes of a Sunday night we would go next door and watch Bonanza with our neighbors. It was wonderful to see those beautiful colors jump out at you from the RCA color TV set.

    I still like the opening and closing credits.

    Some years ago, I spent a fair amount of time around Reno and the Lake Tahoe area. I can understand why the Cartwrights settled there.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Today my older brother came by and we watched an episode of “The Big Valley.” Steve Austin and Phyllis Dietrichson are riding back from somewhere on their wagon. The wheel breaks, the wagon turns over in the mud, and Austin is trapped half underneath it. Why he didn’t use his bionic arm to get out of that, I’ll never know. I kept yelling at the TV, but it did no good.

      Luckily (or unluckily) Stanwyck runs across Bruce Dern, who is himself on the run from a posse and refuses her request for help. But Dern has abandonment issues (not kidding) and Stanwyck finally charms him a little and finally gets his assistance.

      Harry Dean Stanton (as Dean Stanton) shows up in this as well as a member of the posse. Not sure what the Right Wing Truth is in this one. For me it was, “Jesus H. Christ, Barbara. Take every moveable thing out of that wagon that you can before running off for help. Dismantle it board-by-board if you have to. Jam a couple stout branches or rocks to each side of Austin to give him a little relief and support.”

      Although Stanwyck is a tough cookie and one of the most notable strong females without being mannish, clearly I would want someone else to be with me if I ever got stuck under a wagon.

  4. Anniel says:

    Lake Tahoe holds so many great memories for me. My father even jumped in once to save me when I had fallen in. We were both so cold and sat close together by the fire with our teeth chattering until we warmed up. I must have been 4 years old then.

    I think we got our first color TV just to watch Bonanza. Love the music.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I checked today and found that my MP3 music collection includes 2 copies of the Bonanza theme song, though neither seems to be the original version on the show and both are pure instrumental.

  5. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    I found this at PJ Media. It isn’t “right-wing” tv, but it is still a good vehicle for taking the piss out of Hillary.

    https://pjmedia.com/video/hitler-reacts-to-trump-victory/

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Superb, the best I’ve seen yet. A friend sent it to me, so I listened to it just before getting on here, and sent copies to a number of friends (including Brad).

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