by Brad Nelson 11/18/16
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:
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?
Brad is editor and chief disorganizer of StubbornThings.
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