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Baseball, Hot Dogs…

The Tigers just beat the Yankees–woo hoo!–so I’m in no mood to complain about anything. Still, a Chevy truck commercial early in the game teed me off the way Carlos Guillen teed off Mike Mussina in the sixth. The background music is a song called “Our Country” by the artist formerly known as Johnny Cougar. So it’s supposed to have a patriotic vibe. The images? The peace symbol, Vietnam War protestors, Nixon flashing the victory sign as he gets on the helicopter, and Katrina flooding. Doesn’t exactly inspire me to “buy American.” I liked it so much better when the ditty was “baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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