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  Posted 02 December 2018 - 10:11 AM

How Did Shane End Up?





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By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
November 27, 2018 Article:

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In director George Stevens's classic 1953 Western, Shane, a mysterious stranger and gunfighter in buckskin with a violent past, rides into the middle of the late-1880s Wyoming range wars between cattle barons and homestead farmers. The community-minded farmers may have the law on their side, but the open-range cattlemen have the money and the gun-toting cowboys.

Shane enters the mess but decides to settle down, incognito, with a farm family, shed his past as a hired killer, and begin leading a settled and honest frontier life.

Almost immediately, however, he senses his tragic predicament. The West is not yet so civilized. The farmers, the future of civilization, hardly possess the gun-fighting ability to survive against the ruthless cattlemen and their hired guns.

So a reformed Shane is insidiously brought into the fray, as he figures out how to aid his new hosts while, at least at first, playing by their rules of civilized behavior.

Shane ultimately accepts that his second chance life is not sustainable. He learns that his newfound friends, the sodbusters, lack the skills to survive against Wilson, the cattlemen's psychopathic hired killer.

Sensing that there's no solution to his dilemma, Shane finally puts on his killer clothes again, straps on his six-gun, and kills Wilson and the brutal ringleaders of the cattlemen.


Stevens's movie gives us the familiar paradox of the ostracized outsider and savior in tragic literature and film (The Magnificent Seven, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, High Plains Drifter, Pale Rider . . . ). Although they hesitate to say so, the farmers, if they are to survive, must rely on the very antithesis of their own idealistic commitment to law, order, the settled life, and the way of the future. Shane himself wants to reject gunslinging and stay civilized.

But to do so would mean that Shane's newfound friends would be killed or driven off by the cattlemen, and their farms returned to the open range — they don't have the skills to win a range war against cowboys and hired guns. Yet by picking up his gun and going outside the law to take down the evildoers, Shane himself —apparently a former Confederate, Yankee-hating hired gun — loses his recent claim on civilized life.

Even the very farmers whom he will save are uncomfortable with the idea that Shane is willing to shoot someone to save them. Or as one self-righteous farmer puts it when Shane warns the sodbusters about the dangers of the cattlemen's hired gun, Wilson, "I don't want no part of gunslinging. Murder's a better name." Shane himself appears impatient with gradual change and seems to believe that he alone, not the distant law, can stop the murderous bullies.

The movie ends in classic tragic-hero fashion: Shane rides into cattlemen's town alone, wins his gunfights, is wounded, and finally rides off alone into the stormy Grand Tetons — content that he rid the farmers' valley of the hired guns. The means he used to save the sodbusters are precisely those that must have no place in an agrarian world that, thanks to him, is now peaceful. Only a small boy, Joey, will yell out, "Shane! Come back!"

Stevens leaves the exact fate of Shane is doubt — at least sort of. We do not know the true extent of his wounds. And where will he end up on the trail? As a gunfighter, he can never settle down in the turn-of-the-century, civilizing West that no longer has a place for either him or his enemies.

Or, as Shane puts it at the end of the movie to Joey, the son of his farming hosts:

A man has to be what he is. . . . Can't break the mold. There's no living with a killing. There's no going back from one. Right or wrong, it's a brand. A brand sticks. There's no going back.

In less melodramatic fashion, we see variances of the Shane paradox in all aspects of our lives, and we are now also witnessing something similar to it in the current Trump administration, especially in these confusing and unsettled times after the midterms.

Two years ago, as the 2016 election approached, neither party seemed to have an answer to lots of seemingly insolvable issues: ten years of a stagnant economy, when we failed to achieve the old standard of 3 percent annualized GDP growth; a dangerously open border and massive illegal immigration; serial optional, costly, and indecisive military misadventures abroad; an increasingly defiant, lawless, and ascendant China; a fossilized NATO alliance unwilling to meet its investment commitments; a deindustrialized and written-off red-state interior; identity-politics tribalism as the new norm; and a deer-in-the-headlights impotent political class.

To the degree that either party offered possible solutions, the establishment, like the wary sodbusters, seemed to think that they were even worse than the original problems, whether those solutions meant systematic deregulation, a Neanderthal border wall, less utopian internationalism and more self-interested nationalism, offending Europeans, dreaded tariffs, a taboo interest in the plight of the white lower-middle class, or an ossified idea that immigration should be legal, diverse, measured, and meritocratic.

In early 2015, it looked as though Republicans would nominate the third Bush, Jeb, against the Democrats' second Clinton, Hillary. In some sense, the public could neither win nor lose: There was little risk that either likely nominee would as president disrupt the status quo, and yet the status quo was also slowly ossifying America.

Neither Jeb nor Hillary would run on "Make America Great Again." They'd prefer something similar to the Obama administration's idea of slow and managed decline, putting the U.S. more on par with other nations — and deservedly so given our relative un-exceptionalism and our horror-filled past.

The idea of welcoming in the gunslinger-outsider Trump was deemed absurd. To the extent that we sodbusters had contemplated something similar (a Ross Perot candidacy in 1992 and 1996) or actually voted in larger-than-life "problem solvers" (Governors Jesse Ventura in Minnesota and Arnold Schwarzenegger in California), the results had ranged from unimpressive to disastrous.


Then came 2016, and the public turned to Trump, despite his lurid personal history. Voters did not ask too much about Trump's checkered but admittedly successful business career; they assumed that he somehow had enough skills to become a billionaire, despite having to navigate New York City's unions, politicians, community organizers, regulators, environmentalists, tax collectors, and tough competitors. So perhaps the fewer questions about Trump's past, the better. Trump himself joked that he had few good traits, and that had he taken to drink, he would have become "the worst." (As he put it recently: "I can honestly say I've never had a beer in my life. It's one of my only good traits. I don't drink. Can you imagine if I had? What a mess I would be? I would be the world's worst.")

Trump himself seemed to welcome the idea of riding into Washington, becoming a settled politician, at least for a while, and standing up for his sodbuster red-state base against the proverbial barons of globalization, the swamp, and the bicoastal elite.
But Trump had achieved success not by temporizing and splitting the difference, much less by euphemisms and "presidential" comportment. Rather, he was flamboyant, controversial, blunt, often cruel, and apparently indifferent to the controversies and even animus that he inspired in the pillars of the establishment. One of the brilliant nuances in Stevens's film is that he hints that the smiling, nice-guy Shane is not always such a nice guy, as we glimpse in the retro verbal insult he lobs to provoke a fatal shoot-out with Wilson and his bosses: "I've heard that you're a low-down Yankee liar."

Trump has often tried to act the part of a president, despite the nonstop media criticism and the 24/7, 360-degree Resistance that has pulled out all the stops, declaring him an ethically corrupt profiteer and authoritarian, physically unfit, and mentally unhinged — in any case, subject to removal by either impeachment or the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

But as the centrists of the suburbs showed in the recent midterm elections, those who saw Trump as necessary in 2016 may now see him as optional in 2018 — and probably because of his successes rather than his failures. In other words, good times allow well-off voters to forget bad times. Success breeds options. They are freed to turn their attention to the controversial means that had achieved for them their desired ends.

The once impossible is now deemed ordinary. The third-quarter 2018 economic and monthly employment reports have set near records. Between July and September 2018, the U.S. economy expanded at a 3.5 percent clip. That was the first time in a decade that it had exceeded 3 percent growth over a consecutive twelve-month period. In October alone, the economy added a quarter million new jobs. That number included 1,000 manufacturing jobs a day.

Unemployment has dipped to 3.7 percent, the lowest peacetime jobless rate in a half century. There are now more unfilled jobs than the number of those unemployed. Wages grew 3.1 percent in 2018. The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits fell to just 1.63 million. That was the lowest since 1973, when there were 120 million fewer Americans. The U.S. is now the largest producer of coal, natural gas, and oil in the world.

Trump more or less achieved such success by helping the Congress ram through tax reform. He ignored hysterical criticism as he deregulated on a massive scale and green-lighted the largest energy expansion in recent history. Trump jawboned corporations to stop outsourcing and offshoring. He bullied allies and rivals to trade fairly rather than freely.

In other words, the outsider and gunslinger Trump, as president, used the same brutal and at times unsavory skills he had picked up in the private sector. Daily, Trump tweeted retorts to his myriad of attackers. No one was too small or too big to win exemption: All that mattered was that if anyone drew first on Trump, he would empty his six-shooter back, in a way quite disturbing even to those who had once invited him in.

Two years later, then, the hostile reaction to Trump is a sort of proof of his success.

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 10:29 AM

This is truly a fantastic article.
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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:23 AM

View Postzurg, on 02 December 2018 - 10:29 AM, said:

This is truly a fantastic article.


Agreed. Now waiting for some progressive heads to explode. :)
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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:37 AM

I might say Will Cain from High Noon could be an even more apt comparison, if decent people stay quiet on Election Day instead of coming to his aid when the culturally degenerate bad guys whose legacies he put a target on his back to save us from inevitably resurface.
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Posted 02 December 2018 - 01:55 PM

Good article put it on my FB.

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 02:08 PM

View Postzurg, on 02 December 2018 - 10:29 AM, said:

This is truly a fantastic article.

It is. The part in bold could have been the inspiration for Clint Eastwood's character in Unforgiven when he says, "It's a helluva thing killing a man. You take away all he's got, and all he's ever gonna have."
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Posted 02 December 2018 - 06:01 PM

What’s Bary anyway? I’ve heard of Barry.
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Posted 02 December 2018 - 07:25 PM

Good article.

:offtopic:

(sort of off topic)

Am I the only one who found the blond kid from that movie annoying, especially at the end?

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 07:48 PM

View PostDiamond369, on 02 December 2018 - 07:25 PM, said:

Good article.

:offtopic:

(sort of off topic)

Am I the only one who found the blond kid from that movie annoying, especially at the end?


:biglaugh:

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 07:56 PM

View PostDiamond369, on 02 December 2018 - 07:25 PM, said:

Good article.

:offtopic:

(sort of off topic)

Am I the only one who found the blond kid from that movie annoying, especially at the end?


Yes and the mother.

He "Brandon De Wilde" was killed in a car wreck in 1972
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Posted 02 December 2018 - 09:22 PM

This thread inspired me to watch Shane. So I did. Now I want to watch Unforgiven.
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Posted 02 December 2018 - 10:04 PM

He had a tv show in 1966 (17episodes)

Shane tv show.
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Posted 02 December 2018 - 10:51 PM

After WWII England dumped Churchill. I remember a Chilean president (who oversaw the miners rescue) whom I was so impressed with a few years ago. He was dumped the next election. Even if you do great things (bring about prosperity and financial security) you're in danger of losing your place as a politician.

I don't know why. People are stupid, I guess.
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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:17 PM

 Wag-a-Muffin (D), on 02 December 2018 - 10:51 PM, said:

After WWII England dumped Churchill. I remember a Chilean president (who oversaw the miners rescue) whom I was so impressed with a few years ago. He was dumped the next election. Even if you do great things (bring about prosperity and financial security) you're in danger of losing your place as a politician.

I don't know why. People are stupid, I guess.

Yeah, I guess. Stupidity taken to extreme: elect communist dictators and they are somehow for life. Imagine that.

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 11:22 PM

View PostWag-a-Muffin (D), on 02 December 2018 - 10:51 PM, said:

After WWII England dumped Churchill. I remember a Chilean president (who oversaw the miners rescue) whom I was so impressed with a few years ago. He was dumped the next election. Even if you do great things (bring about prosperity and financial security) you're in danger of losing your place as a politician.

I don't know why. People are stupid, I guess.

The Russians miss Stalin and the Chinese miss Mao go figure??
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Posted 03 December 2018 - 03:07 AM

View Postzurg, on 02 December 2018 - 11:17 PM, said:

Yeah, I guess. Stupidity taken to extreme: elect communist dictators and they are somehow for life. Imagine that.

View PostKilmerfan, on 02 December 2018 - 11:22 PM, said:

The Russians miss Stalin and the Chinese miss Mao go figure??

And there are even a few imbeciles in this country who miss Obama!
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Posted 03 December 2018 - 09:58 AM

View PostDiamond369, on 02 December 2018 - 07:25 PM, said:

Good article.

:offtopic:

(sort of off topic)

Am I the only one who found the blond kid from that movie annoying, especially at the end?

Absolutely not! Annoying as hell, soured the whole movie for me.

View Posterp, on 02 December 2018 - 09:22 PM, said:

This thread inspired me to watch Shane. So I did. Now I want to watch Unforgiven.

I know "Shane" is supposed to be a classic Western but it never did a thing for me. "Unforgiven" is an outstanding Western that probably captured what it was really like, not a lot of good guys in it. Just people trying to get by.

I just watched, not to derail this too much more, a great Western on Netflix, "The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs" by the Coen Brothers, and it rocks. 6 different Western vignettes, each different, ranging from comedic to quite dark, with some of the most stunning scenery and photography ever. Highly recommend it.
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Posted 03 December 2018 - 12:59 PM

I don't think I ever saw Shane, but the story line of the reluctant gunfighter coming out of retirement more times then Garth Brooks is nothing new or original.
And then at least in the Magnificent Seven, and the same as Robin Hood Men in Tights, the villagers were told to be self sufficient and were taught how to fight to defend their homes.
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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:51 PM

View PostWag-a-Muffin (D), on 02 December 2018 - 10:51 PM, said:

After WWII England dumped Churchill. I remember a Chilean president (who oversaw the miners rescue) whom I was so impressed with a few years ago. He was dumped the next election. Even if you do great things (bring about prosperity and financial security) you're in danger of losing your place as a politician. I don't know why. People are stupid, I guess.


By 1945, nearly every British man and woman under fifty without children was pressed into work, often far from home. The average work week was 53 hours for men, 50 hours for women. In addition, every citizen not excused for family reasons was liable for 48 hours a month of duty in the Home Guard or Civil Defense. Supplies of all kinds were limited by shipping and manpower shortages and had to be shared with hundreds of thousands of US and Allied troops. The privacy of a Briton's home had been periodically disrupted by soldiers, evacuees or war workers needing scarce housing. British taxes were the highest in the world at the time. source: British War Economy, by W.K. Hancock and MM Gowing, written in 1949.

In the midst of all these sacrifices, a liberal economist named William Beveridge wrote "The Beveridge Report", a plan for the Welfare State. Some 95% of the British public heard of it and approved of it. They wanted the National Health Service. They wanted the Family Allowances Act, which is the equivalent of AFDC. They wanted Workman's Compensation. unemployment insurance, pensions, rent control, town council housing. They didn't even object when the Labour government passed a law which claimed the power to assign each young Briton to the government's choice of a job instead of his own. They had been getting used to that sort of thing since 1939.

If you think all this is irrational, track down a copy of the novel or the movie "Love On The Dole."
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Posted 03 December 2018 - 09:54 PM

 Ben Cranklin, on 02 December 2018 - 11:37 AM, said:

I might say Will Cain from High Noon could be an even more apt comparison, if decent people stay quiet on Election Day instead of coming to his aid when the culturally degenerate bad guys whose legacies he put a target on his back to save us from inevitably resurface.

Well, except Shane is a good movie.

 Italian Biker, on 03 December 2018 - 12:59 PM, said:

I don't think I ever saw Shane, but the story line of the reluctant gunfighter coming out of retirement more times then Garth Brooks is nothing new or original.
And then at least in the Magnificent Seven, and the same as Robin Hood Men in Tights, the villagers were told to be self sufficient and were taught how to fight to defend their homes.

Clint Eastwood more or less remade it in Pale Rider.

 Severian, on 03 December 2018 - 09:58 AM, said:

Absolutely not! Annoying as hell, soured the whole movie for me.


I know "Shane" is supposed to be a classic Western but it never did a thing for me. "Unforgiven" is an outstanding Western that probably captured what it was really like, not a lot of good guys in it. Just people trying to get by.

I just watched, not to derail this too much more, a great Western on Netflix, "The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs" by the Coen Brothers, and it rocks. 6 different Western vignettes, each different, ranging from comedic to quite dark, with some of the most stunning scenery and photography ever. Highly recommend it.

Ballad Of Buster Scruggs was very good.
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