High Noon:


A common theme in American folklore is that of the lonely man of principal willing to do what is necessary in confronting and defeating those who would prey on the innocent with no reward other than being able to look himself in the mirror in the morning. In films such as “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter, and particularly Gary Cooper’s performance as Marshall Will Kane in High Noon, the flawed hero confronts what the timid and fearful townfolk are unwilling or unable to confront on their own. When high noon comes ’round, he alone faces the bad guys for no other reason than that his honor demands it. In the end, after having killed or driven the predators from his community, he finds himself unwelcome among the very people he has shielded from harm.

I have nothing left but to be mildly disgusted watching our two major political parties spin, obfuscate, and lie in attempting to fool the so called middle, the independant voter, the uninformed with no set political or life philosophy who decide our elections into believing that they represent anything other than raw political power. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have evolved under our current post modern culture into left and right rails on the same track leading to an all encompassing federal nanny state that seeks to relieve us of the responsibilities of citizenship. Whether progressive leftism or compassionate conservatism, they are both philosophies that seek to control the people by fooling us into trading freedom for comfort and security. Always for our own good of course.

It should be obvious to nearly everyone by this point in history that the classically liberal philosophy of the enlightenment which reached its zenith in our founding documents, a philosophy whose overriding concern was in limiting a government’s power over its citizens, is most conducive to human happiness and success. There is empirical evidence for this anywhere that the philosophy has been put to practice in the real world. Unfortunately however there seems to be a bug in the human nature hardrive that is causing us, the desendents of a people who were able to author such paradigm shifting documents as the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution and then use it to reach heights unimagined, to revert to our medieval default mode of feudal collectivism. Our  incumbent representatives safe in gerrymandered districts filling the role of titled royalty, taxing the peasants in ever increasing amounts while tossing back a scrap every now and then while we fight over it for their ammusement.

As I grow older, seasoned with the broken and bent promises of politicians of every stripe, I have come to believe that the libertarian ideal of individual responsibility and making ones way in life with a minimum of interferance, while the best system yet devised for the advancement of humankind, can only really thrive in a frontier environment. Before the civilizers and do-gooders take over. Anyone who tells you different is reaching for your wallet. A cold look at history and human nature will tell you that once a people become prosperous they will trade away anything to try and maintain that prosperity, including and especially the very means of it.

Men and women of real action and consequence are a rare commodity and as such tend to remind the “good people” in society of their own deficiencies. Once having served their purpose of  making that society possible they are driven from the temples of polite company to wonder the wilderness alone.

Until as it inevitably does, high noon comes ’round again.


10 responses to “High Noon:

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  2. Oh woe is us. We’ve fallen and we can’t get up.

    Boy oh boy do those myths of them rugged individuals cleaning up them varmints die only slowly. High Noon wasn’t a documentary.

  3. Daphne has a point. The cynical, oh-so-clever piss on anything good or idealistic attitude does wear on the reader after a while.

  4. There is one thing I don’t understand about you Aurthurstone. I periodically stumble across blogs that contain political discourse that I wholeheartedly disagree with. Rather than leave mean spirited comments, I just leave. They are entitled to their beliefs and opinions, and I never once feel the need to be the fly in the ointment.

    Why do you find yourself unable to do the same?

  5. Arthur is right. High noon was not a documentary. Merely a reflection on the human condition and our tendancy to turn out those who would hold a mirror to our flawed nature. All of us like to think of ourselves I think as the hero who will stand up to unjustice but of course we won’t really know unless put to the test. History shows pretty clearly that most will not pass that test but rather appease a bully in hopes that his appetites will turn in another direction. You may hand over your lunch money when demanded Arthur and hope to remain unoticed but when the ante is upped, as it always is, what then. Will our noble politicians save you?

  6. The imminent demise of the USA has been predicted since 1776. Each step taken a step further down the road to ruin.

    But here we are.

    And to merely mention that we probably aren’t at the end of civilization is enough to send a certain set of ‘conservatives’ to the fainting couch. How frightened some Americans have become. What would the ‘Founding Fathers’ (that colorful band of pirates, slavers and religious fanatics) think? What would Gary Cooper think?

    Piss on anything? What nonsense. I work. I own a business. I employ people. I pay taxes. I volunteer in my commmunity. Sorry. No ‘pissing on anything idealistic’ from this end.

    Nope. I like it here. Our freedoms (with some exceptions) are virtually endless. Our economy the most dynamic on the planet. Opportunities draw the most creative, hardest working people from all corners of the globe. I honestly can’t understand what all this fear and hand-wringing is over.

    So when you’re feeling down in the dumps & need a touch of perspective check this out:


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