Wtth respect STJ(or at least more than you have shown anyone)I still don't understand your argument.
Just what are the criteria you accept in defining a western?
Locale,time or theme?
Locale(by strict definitions)would exclude movies like Coogan's bluff,Last of the mohicans,
Hell even The Magnificent 7
which doesn't even take place in America.Is Texas south or west?
Time-no Lonely are the brave,HI-LO country,Brokeback mountain.
Theme-well define that one first.Is
Justified out because it is a crime driven show?Half the western movies I have seen feature Sheriffs ,outlaws and much more.