The Hanging of Jake Spoon, a Cautionary Tale for Democrats

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I’ve written on this subject before, using Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove”, which first appeared as a TV mini-series in 1989.

It dawned on me that many members on the Democrat side especially may never have seen this film, or read the book, and may never even have heard of it. It was over 20 years ago. So, let me set this up.

In the tale, Jake Spoon was one of the early heroes of the Texas Rangers, having ridden with Captains Gus McCrea (Robert Duvall) and Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones) since before the Civil War. A good lawman and cowboy, personable as all get-out, Jake was also, well, a cad, always looking for the easy fix, shirking hard work, and peeping up every skirt he could find. In other words, Jake was a lot like Bill Clinton, with a “screw ‘em where you find ‘em, leave ‘em where they lay” sort of attitude about women, a “Taker” (from the Kris Kristofferson song). (His poem’s worth reading.)

Jake left the Rangers years before then rejoined McCrea and Call in time to be part of a cattle drive north. He took along a prostitute, quickly got bored of her, then stranded her in camp, where she was kidnapped, carried off into Indian slavery, while Jake was in town playing cards. Needing a way to “just to get across the territory” he joined up with a band of criminals who proceeded to kill three drovers, steal their horses, then hanged and burned two sodbusters just for the thrill of it.

Jake didn’t like this at all, mind you. Nor did he participate. But you see, neither did he do anything about it. He just stood by and watched, in typical Democrat fashion. Weighing his options of maybe having to shoot his way out to get away from this mob, then have to wander across the prairie alone, he decided to wait their carnage out. At every crossroad where he could’ve chosen a different path, he didn’t.

Does this sound like the modern Democrat in office….fell in with a real low-down, dirty-leg bunch, can barely look himself in the mirror, but hey, good pay, easy work, great perqs, just no face-saving way out that wouldn’t jeopardize all that.

Well as you know if you watched it, Jake was captured by his old pards, Captains Call and McCoy, and I’ll cut to the chase. They proceeded to hang him right alongside the other bandits, no if’s, but’s or maybe’s.

There were several symbolic aspects in that hanging, but I want to raise only one here. The operative clause of their dialogue before the hanging, you see, was…

“You ride with outlaws, you die with outlaws. You crossed the line, Jake.” (Capt McCrea)

Let that sink in. Many of you Democrats are riding with outlaws. But, I know, many of you will first say, “Well, yeah, so prove it.” My answer to you is, “No, disprove it to yourselves.” for another type of justice is abroad in the land.

That may be the part some Democrats and some Republicans don’t understand about the bad moon that’s rising. Did you see a judge or a jury in this film? Jake Spoon’s only defense was “I didn’t see no line, Gus…” His face then gave away his knowledge he couldn’t talk his way out of what was about to happen. So in the end, Jake chose to die with dignity, which made everyone tear up, but his attempt at last-minute nobility belied the far, far greater lesson here, which is the absolute inevitability of his fate, and the unbending duty of his friends to carry it out no matter their old friendship.

Most Democrats think that this sort of thing is a quaint remembrance of a time long past. Just understand, you can act as if you don’t know anything about the criminals you’re running with. You can parse the language all you want to show there was no crime. You can lean back and snooze, relying on the system, and your pals, to make sure no guilt attaches to you if the crimes finally do reveal themselves as they have with Obamacare. You can wait til the last minute, assuming there will always be that one last chance to escape. But there may not be the sort of judge and jury you think you can out fox.

So, a man ought to do what he thinks best. (John Wayne)

What you need to know is that once you crossed that line, everything else is a crap shoot. There are no certainties. When you commit or abet a crime you can never be sure it’s just going to be a smooth march to the courthouse; arraignment, bail, lawyer, trial, community service, etc.

People are really pissed off out here, and now there are more Democrat constituents than Republicans’. And have you noticed how quiet they are? That’s always a bad sign. It gets really scary when the drums stop beating.

A native justice is about to rear its head again in America and you will have no say-so if you get caught in the sweet loving arms of 21st Century frontier justice.

Be sure, then go ahead. (David Crockett)

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VASSAR BUSHMILLS

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bobmontgomery
bobmontgomery
April 28, 2014 10:48 am

Careful. Sean Hannity might find your comments disgusting and appalling. Label you an anarchist.

Melody Warbington
May 17, 2014 2:56 am

A great book and my favorite mini series. I’ve long said we should go back to public hangings in the town square with mandatory attendance of all citizens at least once per year. Maybe more for politicians.

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Ron Maede
Ron Maede
March 11, 2018 2:19 pm

I think you’re right. Lots of people in this country are more than happy to just go along. They ignore the obvious faults in their leaders. They ignore the obvious honorable intentions of their opponents.

Jake Spoon
Jake Spoon
August 26, 2018 12:49 pm

Always love reading about myself, even from beyond the grave

Jake Spoon
Jake Spoon
August 26, 2018 12:50 pm

Always love reading about myself, even from beyond the grave. Did my friends ever make it to Montana in one piece?