Patriotism and traditional values, like those displayed in "Thor," "The Artist," "Soul Surfer" and "Hugo," are what moviegoers want, says a group that will honor such films at an awards gala Friday. (More here.)
Of course it's what they want. Traditional values work. Traditional values built our culture and our society. Traditional values are wholesome. Patriotism is, as Professor Clyde Wilson once wrote, "the wholesome love of one's land and people." These are the natural yearnings within all of us for goodness and inspiration. Americans want to believe in their country's founding principles and they're quite tired of hearing them trashed and impugned by the intelligentsia every day of their lives.
But we already knew that much of academia just doesn't get it.