No sooner had Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the race for the White House, than the word “cowboy” resurfaced as an insult and a pejorative.

“Governor Perry is going to have to fight the impression that he’s a cowboy from Texas, this simply added to it.” Karl Rove, formerly Bush’s Brain Has Perry’s cowboy shtick already gone too far?” That was the headline recently in the Las Vegas Sun.

The thing that makes my blood boil is that this misinformed and cavalier description demonstrates a complete lack of understanding or knowledge of who cowboys really are and what it means to be a cowboy.