A Cowboy’s Faith: Counterfeits always show through

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“He actually turned out to be a real counterfeit.”

The evaluation wasn’t said with harsh feelings, but with sincere honesty.

A longtime cowboy friend gave his opinion when asked about a horse he’d purchased. Presented by a young rider in the auction ring, the horse performed well and was credited to be outstanding.

When the buyer got his new horse home, it wasn’t as good as he’d expected. Possibly not even of the caliber as had been touted by rider, seller and auctioneer.

Certainly there are going to be similar outcomes if and when all ballots are counted and election results announced.

No debate or question about it, there is going to be some counterfeits elected. Which is which and who is who will not be known immediately and perhaps not for a very long time.

That is always the problem with making a bid on a horse or marking the election ballot. Everybody wants to make the right choice, but fact is that just isn’t possible all of the time.

Even when there are no shenanigans, everything is said on the up and up, the facts are true. Things just don’t always turn out right, or the way expected, wanted or needed.

Having sold and purchased hundreds of horses, it is certainly a two-way street. What a horse is believed to be and has been doesn’t mean it’ll be that way another time under different circumstances. Top horses have been sold that didn’t work as well for new owners.

Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to know who to vote for and everyone has some pros and cons. The situation this time seems to be difficulty in deciphering exactly what one offers and another doesn’t.

Advertising for this year’s candidates are frequently senseless. It is almost impossible to know which candidate is being advertised to be elected. Opponents have spent more backbiting than informing voters why they’re the one to elect.

There are false accusations without question, yet determining what is true and not has become impossible.

Like has been heard many times in the past week, it’ll sure be good when the election is over.

Reminded of First Timothy 1:6: “The whole point is simply love uncontaminated by self-interest and counterfeit. Those who fail to keep this point soon wander off into dead ends.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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