Oh, don't get me wrong, I liked the westerns as much as anybody when I was a kid. But looking back, I think I was in kind of a stupor as a kid, and the Westerns were the fare of the day. Still, as I recall I always felt that something was missing, was lacking in all these westerns and other television shows for that matter.
Now I see that those westerns were a hangover from World War II, from our glorious victory. The idea was that if you were right any amount of force and violence was justified. It's an idea that still persists has caused our entrance into many wars since World War II.