Patriotism In Creativity

Patriotism isn’t just about jingoism and flag-waving, writes Frank Rich. “Patriotism needn’t make us so weary. Look around our culture, and it isn’t hard to find a faith in America that is not defined by government-commissioned flag-waving, political demagoguery or cable news’s jingoism-as-marketing-strategy. The most telling American fables don’t come in the blacks and whites of our current strident political and cultural discourse, which so often divides Americans into either flag-draped heroes or abject traitors. The great American stories, from Huckleberry Finn’s to the Dixie Chicks’, have always been nuanced; they can have poetry and they can have dark shadows. They can combine a love of country with an implicit criticism of it.”