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Offline TaosGlock

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The Lone Ranger
« on: May 12, 2011, 10:30:15 AM »
While I enjoy, but have little time for movies these days, Amazon now has the seasonal series from the original Lone Ranger TV program.
My sister and I watched this as kids. Now I do not mean this as an entertainment thread.

But check out his credo.
And especially note some of the parallels to a 'Rifleman' and the Appleseed Project in general.
 
Talk about a set of values lacking in today's society.

The Lone Ranger
In every incarnation of the character to date, the Lone Ranger conducts himself by a strict moral code put in place by Striker at the inception of the character. Actors Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels both took their positions as role models to children very seriously and tried their best to live by this creed. It reads as follows:

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 truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.

In addition, Fran Striker and George W. Trendle drew up guidelines which embody who and what the Lone Ranger is:

The Lone Ranger is never seen without his mask or a disguise.

With emphasis on logic, The Lone Ranger is never captured or held for any length of time by lawmen, avoiding his being unmasked.

The Lone Ranger never uses slang or colloquial phrases, but instead uses perfect grammar and precise speech, completely devoid of such slang and such colloquial phrases, at all times.

When he has to use guns, The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill, but rather only to disarm his opponent as painlessly as possible.

Logically, too, The Lone Ranger never wins against hopeless odds; i.e., he is never seen escaping from a barrage of bullets merely by riding into the horizon.

Even though The Lone Ranger offers his aid to individuals or small groups, the ultimate objective of his story never fails to imply that their benefit is only a by-product of a greater achievement--the development of the west or our country. His adversaries are usually groups whose power is such that large areas are at stake.

Adversaries are never other than American to avoid criticism from minority groups.

Names of unsympathetic characters are carefully chosen, never consisting of two names if it can be avoided, to avoid even further vicarious association--more often than not, a single nickname is selected.

The Lone Ranger never drinks or smokes, and saloon scenes are usually interpreted as cafes, with waiters and food instead of bartenders and liquor.

Criminals are never shown in enviable positions of wealth or power, and they never appear as successful or glamorous.
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Re: The Lone Ranger
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011, 11:24:48 AM »
Good stuff Taos, must say I agree with 90% of it but a couple of those lines the enemies of this this country exploit and warp....O.L.
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Re: The Lone Ranger
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2011, 06:44:24 PM »
"Integrity" and "Honor"; These are good foundation "Principles" for all of us!!!

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Re: The Lone Ranger
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2011, 07:00:20 PM »
Wow...I remember most of LR's moral lessons when I was a mere lad. Good stuff...thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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