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There is a yearning for a new patriotism, for a rekindling of the traditional values of America.
Is this an American myth? Perhaps, but no society can exist without its myths and heroes.
Toward the end of his life, when interviewers thought he would bask in the glory of the Soviet Union’s crumbling, Barry Goldwater dismayed them by stating he feared for a nation that had lost its heroes.
Every nation needs heroes, symbols, and integrative narratives. The people who attack those are condemning our existence as a nation. They are undermining our heritage. They are rewriting our past to control our future. Chevy, in a brief commercial, reminds us of who we were, who we are, and who we can be. It is time to denounce the America-haters at every school board meeting, every college fundraiser, and every political campaign.
We need, now more than ever, the ascendance of a political movement that can speak for and to America in the same way the people who crafted that dazzling Chevy commercial have spoken.
Abraham H. Miller is an emeritus professor of political science, University of Cincinnati, and a distinguished fellow with the Haym Salomon Center.