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Our ‘High Noon’ Has Come

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Posted By: DW626, 7/10/2022 3:50:40 PM

Many years ago, when Roger Ebert reported John Wayne’s comment about the great movie “High Noon,” I was surprised. “What a piece of you-know-what that was,” Wayne said. “Here’s a town full of people who have ridden in covered wagons all the way across the plains, fightin’ off Indians and drought and wild animals in order to settle down and make themselves a homestead. And then when three no-good bad guys walk into town and the marshal asks for a little help, everybody in town gets shy. If I’d been the marshal, I would have been so goddamned disgusted with those chicken-livered yellow sons

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Zeek Wolfe 7/10/2022 4:34:54 PM (No. 1212096)
The Democrats have stepped off the HIGH NOON train and are headed for town. For four years Trump was the marshal but election deceit and feckless RINOs made him turn in the badge. Now they pull in their heads like turtles (Anyone in the senate called a "turtle" that you know of?) and hide. Aha, but 81 million non RINO folks remember 2020 and they won't forget nor hide.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Italiano 7/10/2022 4:40:50 PM (No. 1212100)
We know what needs to be done, but we're the ones who would go to prison.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: PostAway 7/10/2022 4:43:28 PM (No. 1212103)
“High Noon” was received by the public as a relatively simple tale with inherent meaning recognizable to the human mind. The screenwriter may have been trying to portray the HUAC hearings but life is seen through prisms. I see Joseph McCarthy, always portrayed as a lout and a bigmouth, as Will Kane. The cowardly townspeople were most of DC and Frank Miller and his gang were and are the ruthless psychopathic Marxists who will destroy anything in their way in order to gain money and power. The Baby Boom generation was raised to love American ideals but the relentless messaging of the Left in academia, religion, government, the media, and elsewhere was nearly impossible to overcome in a noisier way. Most of us kept our own counsel and respected our morals and raised families to do the same. All is not lost. We are waiting for our moment. It will come.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: buckhorn_cortez 7/10/2022 5:18:27 PM (No. 1212127)
Not enough "N's" in the word ennui to describe this meaningless exercise in self-indulgence...
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Reply 5 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 7/10/2022 5:39:36 PM (No. 1212148)
There's a lot more to the story. They weren't just unknown bad guys. The leader Frank Miller promised 'to get the man who put him behind bars' and of course that's the marshal. The marshal figured he couldn't leave because Frank would just follow and if there was a fight best if he was Marshal. Also interesting that Frank Miller and his gang were only able to come back into the town because some Judge feed them with very little time served.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: franq 7/10/2022 5:43:02 PM (No. 1212151)
Mr. McCaffery is right.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 7/10/2022 5:49:15 PM (No. 1212161)
I agree with The Duke. High Noon was one of the DUMBEST movies ever made - - including the "romance" between 51-year-old Gary Cooper and 23-year-old Grace Kelly. The cowardice of an entire western town - - in the face of three little punks - - was beyond any semblance of believable. That movie STUNK!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MDConservative 7/10/2022 6:27:07 PM (No. 1212193)
It's always the Boomers, isn't it? We didn't read the right books. We raised our kids wrong. We elected feckless politicians. We let prosperity blind us to the evils lurking under beds and in countless closets. We missed our era to matter. Oh, yeah? Suggesting "their vigor was spent on drugs and rock’n roll" is sheer nonsense. Let's start with the sacrifices made by Boomers in Vietnam, taken there by the remnants of that Greatest Generation, from JFK to Nixon. Complacent? It wasn't Boomers who perpetuated various segregation laws and property covenants that banned certain people from mixing socially or in neighborhoods. It wasn't Boomers who nominated the Warren Court that unleashed much of the current "troubles" decades ago. It was Boomers who began to awaken to the idea that government and politics aren't necessarily as portrayed in civics books. It was Boomers who largely tried to correct such, like it or not. Boomers built on the shoulders of earlier generations and kept this country #1 on earth. And now there is another generation ascending. It's the natural evolution dictated by time. America evolves, sometimes in ways that make some unhappy. We would be poorer as a nation to be static in our behavior and thinking. That's not to say all such changes are positive - some/many are not, depending on point of view. McCaffrey's essay is just a fool's musings.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bur Oak 7/10/2022 6:32:28 PM (No. 1212200)
I liked the movie and the theme song. I took the movie to be more about the hero than the cowards. Today the country seems full of cowards and people only look out for themselves and politicians only working their reelection. McCaffrey paints the Baby Boomers with too broad a brush. Many BB's stepped up, went to Viet Nam and many died there. I have friends whose names are on the wall.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Timber Queen 7/10/2022 6:37:02 PM (No. 1212202)
It's my personal pet peeve, but this constant bash that all the ills of America is the fault of the Baby Boomers is simplistic in the extreme. We were just the beta generation test subjects for their socio/eco experiments. Beginning at the turn of the 20th century Marxists, socialists, progressives and leftists of every radical ideology began infiltrating the institutions of government, business, education, entertainment and religion. In every facet of life they began burrowing like termites, eating away at the foundations of our liberties and rights. Be that as it may, we are facing our High Noon. I'm up to the task and I'm willing to bet so is a plurality of the nation. The most important sentence in our Constitution is the Second Amendment. (When you read "Militia", read "Citizenry".) A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. "being necessary to the security of a free State" - Nothing more needs to be said.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: texaspast 7/11/2022 1:14:37 AM (No. 1212450)
I note from reading the writer's bio that he is from New York City. I could tell immediately that he was not from Texas, as he had obviously never had 4th or 7th grade Texas history (required in Texas schools). If he had, he would not have written that [FTA] "Historically, the actual battle of the Alamo was a terrific microcosm of all the rights and wrongs at work in America’s westward expansion, but Wayne left out too many of the wrongs and deprived his story of not only its own integrity, but the greater power of the sacrifice made by those defenders." The battle of the Alamo, and all of the Texas revolution, had its roots in Santa Anna's abrogation of the Mexican Constitution of 1824, under which most of the non-hispanic residents of Texas had entered the province. This constitution established a republican form of government - not a dictatorship. The incoming Anglos had sworn allegiance to the 1824 constitution (and to the Catholic church) upon entering Texas. Santa Anna, although elected, threw out the constitution and basically declared himself emperor and dictator. That didn't sit well with the Anglos and many hispanic residents of the province of Texas. Stephen F. Austin spent two years in a Mexican jail for having the temerity to go to Mexico City and ask the government to recognize the rights guaranteed by the 1824 constitution. One of the flags carried by the defenders of the Alamo was the Mexican flag with "1824" written across it. I didn't have any ancestors at the Alamo, but I did have a ggg grandfather at San Jacinto. The Texicans were not the equivalent of the residents of the High Noon town. The defenders of the Alamo were actually fighting for the MEXICAN constitution, which was totally ignored and discarded by Santa Anna.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Geoman 7/11/2022 12:09:34 PM (No. 1213000)
A theme that this article seems to be dancing around was best summed up by Ronald Reagan, acting in the movie Law and Order. While talking with friends who are lamenting the town’s lawlessness, Regan’s character while ironing a shirt mater-of-factly says, “You can clean it up in one day. All you have to do is kill five or six people.”
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Reply 13 - Posted by: RayLRiv 7/11/2022 2:28:45 PM (No. 1213151)
Not all of us 'Boomers' (Sooner!) smoked pot at Woodstock and Altamont, nor that we spent money on drugs and rock’n roll. We took jobs our skills (some earned through the GI Bill) qualified us for and bought nice houses as a result of the fruit of our intellectual and physical labor. We picked up from Martha Stewart some nice tips but did not try to mimic her and we were smart enough to cast a suspicious eye at anything Hayek or Karl Marx wrote. I would argue that IF we "voted away their integrity on the promises of politicians who never even bothered to earn their trust" that would be the fault of the slimy politician who promised one thing and gave us another - or didn't bother to give us anything at all. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice - shame on you. Not all Boomers (Sooner!) fit your stereotype Mr. McCaffery.
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