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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Steven Ross
"The Hollywood left's story line has been one of hope and guilt: hope of what the United States could be and guilt that we are not doing enough to achieve that vision," Mr. Ross says. "The Hollywood right has told a simple but compelling story of American triumphalism: America is the greatest nation in the world. What more do you need to know? Few citizens want to hear a Jane Fonda, Warren Beatty or Sean Penn point out what is wrong with the United States."
Mr. Ross also says that Tinseltown has a longer history of conservatism than liberalism, with Republicans rather than Democrats establishing the first "political beachhead" in Hollywood under the tutelage of studio mogul Louis B. Mayer, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan and other luminaries in later decades.