What has happened to American culture? How did it become OK to trash the values that made America great? And what can we do, once again, to applaud America as a force for good in the world, so that our traditional heroes are celebrated, not demonized?
As Ronald Reagan reminded us in his farewell address to the nation, “those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions. If you didn’t get these things from your family you got them from the neighborhood, from the father down the street who fought in Korea or the family who lost someone at Anzio. Or you could get a sense of patriotism from school. And if all else failed you could get a sense of patriotism from the popular culture. The movies celebrated democratic values and implicitly reinforced the idea that America was special. TV was like that, too, through the mid- sixties.”
And then things changed.
In the words of screenwriter Andrew Klavan: “For the last three de cades or so, the usual conservative approach to the arts has been threefold: We complain about what’s being produced; we fret about the influence it will have; then we give up with a shrug.”
It’s time for us to stop shrugging and get to work. So, we are making this web site a worldwide platform for exceptional American art, music, film and culture.
Do you know of exceptional American artists who are not (yet) on our list? Please nominate them here: