My early readings as a child included in my library Peter Rabbit and numerous Fran Striker books on The Lone Ranger, how a posse of Texas Rangers were ambushed and all killed but for one who miraculously was saved by an Indian we came to know as Tonto.
We know this to be the imagination of the author, to create a legend of a heroic fighter of injustice on the western frontier. The many tales spun by the author became the tale of four comrades–The Ranger, his horse Silver, Tonto and his horse Scout. A major component of the pair was his creating a silver bullet which became his hallmark in the rendering of justice. He wore a mask to cover his true identity where no one other than Tonto would know his identity. It was a mark of the valor of the author that simply said he was a brother of his lost comrades and revenge would be dealt with as a body of friends and warriors. That was, to me, the symbol of revenge and the ultimate commitment to justice wherever they rode in the imagined adventures in books, on radio, TV and in the movies. These were accompanied by many public visits with the youth of America.
Bill O’Reilly does disservice by infusing a real life lawman as being the real Lone Ranger. I guess I just don’t understand the connection. Bill’s lone ranger was good at running down outlaws and capturing or shooting them. Packaging it for commercial value is not worthy of comparison.