No Culture? Says Who?
This is in response to the letter entitled "Americans have no culture" (4/4).
Since I don't think its humanly possibly to be close-minded enough to completely ignore the positive impact of America on the world (especially when you are living in America), I would postulate that the people who run around saying "America has no culture" must do so for ulterior motivations, since downplaying the positive contributions America has made to the world seems to better fit their world view that America is good-for-nothing and can only do wrong.
Yes, America has made some grave mistakes, and it is unfortunate that because of you-know-who on Pennsylvania Ave. our international popularity has sunken to perhaps a new found low, but our wrongdoings as a nation do not somehow magically void out our great sense of culture as accomplishment as a people, contrary to the intentions of the whiney naysayers.
So what is American culture you ask? Besides democracy, electricity, the automobile, bluegrass, jazz, coutry, rap, grunge music, hamburgers, hotdogs, SPAM, baseball, basketball, football, The Godfather and a thousand other great movies, the sitcom, the Internet, the Xbox 360, the artificial heart and liver, the sequencing of the human genome, the exploration of space and the moon, and the creation of the United Nations, American culture can be found wherever Americans breathe, eat and sleep.