Howard Pyle’s 1903 painting The Nation Makers is an image of a mass of humanity surging forward, that mass is composed of identifiable individuals, as in all wars and battles. None of these individuals turn and looking out at us the viewers, instead they are all moving forward into their future. That concentrated action gives us hope that we too will bear our responsibilities honorably. ~ The Rockwell Center
Over the past months I have given a lot of thought to what citizenship means in America today and I have come to realize that with that statement on Howard Pyle’s The Nation Makers, The Rockwell Center captures the very essence of what I have come to realize is the foundation of what makes America great.
With this perspective as the backdrop, it is with great pride and hopefulness that I am announcing the Nation Makers initiative.
We recently visited our friend Gary at his home and it didn’t take long after arriving before I was pleasantly reminded of just how interesting visiting Gary can be. You see, Gary is like us in that he has chosen to do all he can to wrestle back some control of his life back from the system by doing whatever he can to build resilience into his every day life by embracing the homesteading lifestyle at every opportunity, including making his own whiskey. That’s right. I’m talking about whiskey.
There aren’t many holidays or parades for our every day champions of the common citizen. I believe that each and every person that is out there doing the hard work of building a better future for themselves and the rest of us deserves to be recognized for their efforts. In an upcoming blog post I will be making an announcement that will lay out a way that you can do exactly that. A way that each of us can recognize those in our personal lives, as well as in our communities that are going above and beyond in the pursuit of a better America. Please keep an eye on this space for that announcement.